Drivers urged to be extra cautious

As new figures reveal that one third of road deaths occur during the summer season, drivers in Ireland have been urged to be more cautious over the June bank holiday.

In a week-long campaign to make Irish communities safer, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan warned road users to be extra careful as statistics show that half of fatal road crashes take place between 4pm on a Friday and 6am on a Monday.

He said: "It's too late for remonstrations and recriminations if you're standing at the graveside or visiting someone in hospital.

"As a road user, road safety is your responsibility. Please don't let your actions make this bank holiday weekend one to remember for all the wrong reasons. Stay safe."

Young people account for almost half of all fatalities on Ireland's roads, with 44.9% aged between 16 and 30 year, according to figures.

More than three-quarters of those killed are male.

The campaign, running from June 1 to June 6, hopes to make people more aware of the importance of driving carefully as inappropriate speed is the major cause of fatal and serious crashes.

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