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Road Safety Month of Action 04.02.20

2019 saw a 4% increase in road traffic fatalities with 148 deaths on the road, up 7 on the same period in 2018. Serious injury collisions are up 1% at 1136.
An Garda Síochána is committed to reversing the upward trend in road traffic fatalities / serious collisions incidents for 2020. A Month of Action in respect of road safety will take place in February 2020.
The scheme will focus on a number of areas to improve road safety:
• Enforcement of road traffic legislation to promote compliance
• High visibility interactive patrols to deny criminals use of the road network
• Improved technology
A Month of Action in respect of road safety will take place in February 2020.
While the Month of Action will target all road traffic offences particular emphasis has been placed on the enforcement of key "lifesaver” offences:
• The use of mobile phones while driving;
• The non-wearing of seat belts – front and rear;
• Speeding;
• Driving while intoxicated;
• Dangerous driving

Speed Operations
Additional Speed checks will be conducted across the country which will coincide with the rollout of two new types of speed detection devices. Training in the new speed detection equipment is ongoing and will be completed by all roads policing member during the month of February. This new technology will provide An Garda Síochána with the latest speed detection technology, which will increase the number of speed checks and make the roads safer.

Mobile Phone Enforcement Operations
Driver distraction creates a real risk to road users yet it is clearly visible to all of us that a significant proportion of drivers still use their mobile phone while driving. During the month of action Gardai will be proactive in issuing FCPN’s notices for these offences. Members of the public are reminded that this offence carries 3 penalty points and a €60 fine.

Seatbelt Operations
Detections for Seatbelt offences in 2019 showed an increase of 3% when compared with the number of detections made in 2018.

Driving While Intoxicated Operations
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) enforcement will focus on the detection of both alcohol and drug driving offences. DWI detections for 2019 showed an increase of 5% when compared with the number of detections for 2018. For the period from the 1st of January to the 30th January 2020 there were 741 arrests for DWI. Of these 489 were over the legal limit. 170 of these arrests were for Drug- Driving offences (with results pending on other cases). Over the same period in 2019 there were 600 arrests for driving while intoxicated.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) found that in 867 fatal collisions examined, 38% involved a driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian who had consumed alcohol.
In 2019 statistic show that 1 in 10 drivers were detected for incidents of Driving While Intoxicated the morning after the night before. DWI operations and checkpoints will be conducted to remind motorists of the dangers of the morning after.
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