DUBLIN: Almost 3000 drivers were caught speeding on Irish roads over the bank holiday weekend. The figures are from a gardaí road safety operation from Thursday 28 July to Wednesday 3 August.
Gardai caught 2,937 people for speeding, and 173 people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
There were 180 fixed-charge offences for mobile phone use and 47 for seatbelt violations.
Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman said that there has been an alarming increase in road fatalities this year.
Ms Hilman said there are people who continue to disregard the safety messages. “An Garda Síochána remains committed to ensuring compliance with road traffic legislation to improve safety on our roads for all road users,” she said.
The Assistant Commissioner also thanked all road users who endeavoured to improve road safety during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
She urged everyone to drive safely and responsibly for the rest of the summer and to support An Garda Síochána’s ‘Slow Down’ campaign.