GARDAI are appealing to motorists across Limerick to be careful and to slow down when driving over the Easter weekend.
Between now and Tuesday morning, a series of targeted, high visibility checkpoints focussing on speeding and roads policing enforcement will be rolled out across the Limerick division and elsewhere in the country.
These will incorporate both divisional and district personnel, including members of the traffic corps. The GoSafe network of safety cameras will also be deployed throughout the weekend.
Gardai say this high visibility enforcement activity aims to modify driver behaviour, identify breaches of all road traffic legislation and make the roads safer for all.
“Three people (nationwide) lost their lives over the Easter Bank Holiday in 2013. We can and must be safer on the roads and avoid this being replicated this Bank Holiday, a time when many people will travel to various parts of the country. Excessive or inappropriate speed is a significant factor in road traffic collisions so this weekend we are targeting those who fail to recognise this vital life saving fact,” warned Assistant Commissioner John Twomey of the Garda National Traffic Bureau.
Michael Rowland, director Road Safety Research & Driver Education added: “While it is very disappointing to see so many drivers being detected for speeding offences it really does hammer home the fact that the gardai are out in force targeting this killer behaviour. We simply must understand that a car at any speed is a lethal weapon. This is simply the laws of physics. It’s also very worrying to see that nearly half of all speeding detections being made are in 50kph zones.”
So far this year, there have been two fatalities on Limerick roads.