MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down as tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the roads over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Additional checkpoints will be rolled out across the weekend and gardai from the divisional traffic corps are warning they will be focusing on speeding offences in particular.
A specific nationwide garda operation entitled “Operation Slow Down” began at 7am and will continue until 7am tomorrow.
Motorists are also being asked to ensure they take adequate breaks when embarking on long journeys.
“We are asking all drivers to make a conscious decision this Friday to slow down to help save lives. Wherever you see a speed limit sign, please remember it is the maximum that you may travel at on that road, but only when conditions are perfect, The speed limit is not a target that must be achieved,” said Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips.
Noel Brett, CEO of Road Safety Authority said is also appealing to drivers to slow down this weekend.
“Inappropriate or excessive speed continues to be the number one killer behaviour on our roads. It plays the biggest role in causing collisions and increases the severity and the outcome of a crash.”
So far in 2013, three people have died on Limerick roads.