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# Road Safety

Last month
May 2024
Public transport: 'The feeling is that those with money to spend will only come to town by car'
Andrea Horan
Taoiseach to meet Irish flying doctors who have raised concerns over ambulance service
Drivers have 'zero' fear of getting caught using mobile phones, as detection by gardaí slumps
Gardaí caught 35% fewer drivers on their phones last year than before the pandemic.
Unpublished research for government found drivers put the odds of getting caught on their phone at "close to zero".
Drivers are too addicted to their phones and too entrenched in the habit of using them to stop if there's no deterrent.
Cyclist in his 70s killed in early morning crash in Dublin city centre
Man (20s) seriously injured after collision between e-scooter and car on Dublin's quays
There will be a 'substantial increase’ in number of speed and safety cameras on Irish roads, Harris says
Concerns raised that Irish emergency medicine model is 'failing' severely ill and injured people
Other European countries routinely despatch doctors to the scene of accidents – but not Ireland.
Concerns have been raised at the highest level of government.
Consultants are calling for international 'gold standard' care for Irish patients.
Irish garages have been selling devices to 'silence' unworn seatbelt alarms
Amazon, Fruugo and a Donegal garage removed products from their websites after we asked about them.
Seatbelt use is declining in Ireland - and a big factor in road deaths.
One product listing promised to 'eliminate the annoying seatbelt beep'.
Almost 200 people were arrested for driving under the influence over the Bank Holiday weekend
Family death notice: Hard-hitting road safety campaign launched ahead of May Bank Holiday
April
April 2024
Number of claims relating to accidents caused by uninsured drivers rose by 11% last year
Road safety crisis: Readers share their stories of worsening driver behaviour on Irish roads
Readers told us driver behaviour, etiquette and compliance with the law has seriously deteriorated in Ireland.
We were inundated with responses from readers highlighting dangerous driver behaviour.
Mobile phone use came up again and again: you told us it's a constant problem.
Many readers said they believe change is impossible without more gardaí on the roads.
Dangerous driving is in the news. We want to hear what you're seeing on the roads
Road Safety Authority criticises reduced road policing strength - and defends ditching 'shock' ads
Concerns raised about availability of doctors to carry out blood tests on drug driving suspects
Motorcyclist airlifted from crash scene after suffering serious injuries in Longford
Harris and RSA commit to returning average wait time for driving tests to 10 weeks
New cameras that will capture people breaking red lights to be introduced in Dublin, Ryan says
John O'Brien: We had a road safety policing model that worked, what went wrong?
John O'Brien
All uniform gardaí to carry out 30 minutes of roads policing per shift under new directive
More than 2,600 drivers found speeding over bank holiday weekend
This year
2024
What’s driving the surge in road deaths?
Answers are beginning to emerge on what’s behind the deadly trend on Irish roads.
Drivers' behaviour and attitudes to road safety worsened during the pandemic - and stayed worse.
New research shows young people are tempted to check their phones while driving.
Every tenth motorist has admitted to getting behind the wheel of a car after having a drink
Road deaths in Ireland rising faster than almost anywhere else in the EU
19,000 fines issued last year for drivers using phones behind the wheel
Fears over disqualified drivers behind the wheel as 76% ignore orders to surrender licences
It’s been suggested the figures indicate many disqualified drivers remain on the roads following conviction.
Thousands of banned drivers have ignored orders to surrender their licences in the past three years.
There have been recent cases before the courts of disqualified drivers who committed further offences.
Road safety campaigner Leo Lieghio, whose daughter Marsia was killed by a disqualified driver, called for cars to be impounded.
Three people killed in separate road crashes in Louth, Mayo and Derry
One in 10 admit drink-driving - and those doing so are 'way over the limit'
One person arrested every hour for drink or drug-driving over Christmas
Last year
2023
Cameras to be rolled out in bus lanes next year in bid to tackle speed and misuse
Gardaí detect motorist driving 139km/h in an 80km/h zone on National Slow Down Day
Bank holiday penalty points hike not included in Road Traffic Bill going to Cabinet today
Drivers over 70 in Ireland will not have to undergo refresher courses proposed by EU
Dublin councillors call for safety audit of Stoneybatter street after woman fatally struck by truck
Family of Brazilian woman killed while cycling in Dolphin's Barn call for safer Dublin roads
There were no fatalities on Irish roads during the first week of December
There were 140 drivers arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
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Drivers urged to slow down this Christmas as minister says no family wants to get that knock on the door
RSA finds those driving for work are more likely to engage in dangerous driving behaviours
Minister challenged Drew Harris on reduced traffic enforcement by gardaí amid rise in deaths
Varadkar not in favour of strict cut-off ages and restrictions for older drivers