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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C


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# breath test scandal
Road safety chief welcomes news that the Garda Traffic Corps is to be reformed
Moyagh Murdock said people had felt let down by recent garda revelations.
# Limerick
'An appalling loss of life': Tributes paid to young couple killed in car crash
Delia Keary (18) and Gary Kelly (19) were involved in a two vehicle fatal crash on Friday night.
# tanlines
Here's why the RSA's #KillerLook campaign is doing women no favours
Is it any surprise the woman in the photo got badly injured? She’s driving down the road the door open and her legs out of the car.
# over the limit
Almost a third of people who died on the roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system
The median level of blood alcohol concentration was four times the legal limit.
# killer look
Almost one in 10 Irish women wear their seatbelt underarm to avoid ruining fake tan
A new study from the RSA shows that nearly one in three women wear their seatbelt incorrectly.
# it's the law
'You could have to live with the guilt': Warning to employers over staff driving laws
New campaign to highlight employer’s responsibility to workers who drive.
# Road Deaths
Over 150 unaccompanied learner drivers involved in serious or fatal collisions in last five years
Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority is looking into establishing a public database of disqualified drivers.
# Road Deaths
Shane Ross considering 'naming and shaming' drink drivers like tax defaulters
Meanwhile, a Fine Gael MEP has called for breathalysers to be installed in the cars of repeat offenders.
# 2016
'Very bad year for road safety' sees more deaths and more fatal crashes
Speeding, drink driving, non-seatbelt wearing and using a mobile phones are among the chief causes.
# worrying trend
There have been 25 more deaths on Irish roads so far this year than in 2015
The Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochana are urging people not to drink and drive this weekend.
# Roads
Fourteen motorists arrested for drink driving on Christmas day
There have been two fatalities over the past seven days.
# choppy seas
Some ferries cancelled tomorrow as Storm Barbara gets ready to roll in
Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority has asked people to exercise caution while using roads.
# Alcohol
Gardaí arrest 500 motorists for drink driving in just three weeks - and 40 in two days
The figure is an increase of over a third (34%) on the number for this time last year.
# not a toy
'They could kill someone': Parents warned against mini-motorbikes this Christmas
The RSA and the Guards say parents should be aware of the dangers before buying their child a mini-motorbike or quad.
# For ciaran
This heartbreaking video should stop drink drivers in their tracks this Christmas
The parents of Ciarán Treacy remember the worst day of their lives – as do all who attended the four-year-old’s tiny body.
# Your Say
Poll: Should penalty points be increased for using a phone while driving?
The RSA says increased penalty points have resulted in changes in the behaviour of drivers.
# Road Safety
Eight road deaths in four days: Are garda numbers and the housing crisis making things worse?
The Road Safety Authority is worried about an increasing trend.
# Road Deaths
London to copy Dublin as UK capital plans to ban HGVs from the city
New mayor Sadiq Khan wants a total ban on dangerous lorries in the English capital.
# Road Safety
Questions on drink driving will be added to the driver theory test
Between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a factor in 38% of fatal collisions, claiming the lives of 286 people.
# Road Deaths
'It has destroyed the lives of five families': 24 hours of tragedy on Donegal's roads
Six people have lost their lives in road collisions in Donegal this year – five of those road deaths occurred this week.
# Be Safe
Up to 80 more people may die in 2016 if road users don't wake up
The Road Safety Authority issued a warning to all road users ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
# Road Safety
Major anti-drinking driving blitz launched as road deaths jump 15% in a year
A total of 87 people have died on the roads so far this year, 10 more than in 2015.
# killer month
Careful out there - it's 1 July, and July is the worst month on Irish roads
Statistically, the last month of summer sees more fatal road accidents than any other time of year.
# Safety
Five points of advice for football fans planning on having a drink tomorrow
The Road Safety Authority is warning that “almost half of pedestrians killed on our roads have consumed alcohol”.
# Road Deaths
Pedestrians urged not to 'stagger' home drunk on country roads
The RSA has said people automatically vilify drivers when drunk pedestrians are often the causes of fatal collisions.
# drive safe
Ireland's drunk drivers will leave siblings to die and move bodies to avoid arrest
The Road Safety Authority is urging people not to get behind the wheel after drinking this weekend.
# drive carefully
Drivers told to be patient as good weather brings more tractors on roads
The RSA and the IFA are warning drivers due to an increase in farming vehicles on the roads.
# asleep at the wheel
If you're driving between 2pm and 4pm, you're more likely to fall into a micro-sleep
The dangers of micro-sleeps were highlighted this week when a driver was jailed for two years for killing a young mother after drifting off at the wheel.
Bishop recommends 'prayer for motorists' to keep drivers safe this bank holiday weekend
The RSA is also giving out free coffees on Monday to try to tackle driver fatigue.
# slow down
91% of culpable drivers in car crashes caused by speed were men
One third of fatal Irish road crashes were caused by speed.
# motoring news
This week's motoring news: The price of new cars is dropping in Ireland
Here’s all the car-related news you need to know this week – including a major headache for Toyota.
# mahameters
Road safety boss hits back after RTÉ programme claims NCT test flawed
A RTÉ Investigation Unit programme questioned how tests were carried out on a car’s shock absorbers.
# check your tyres
Worn tyres on your car are an absolute killer - and they're set to become a penalty points offence
A brutal new RSA campaign takes aim at one in eight fatal road crashes being caused by vehicle defects – and two thirds of those accidents are caused by bad tyres.
# winter won't quit
Weather warnings: Another rainfall alert - and motorists urged to beware of black ice
Temperatures are set to dip over coming nights – which will lead to icy roads in some areas.
# Weather
There's even more rain on the way as crisis meeting held on flooding
Over €430 million is being spent on long-term flood defence work.
# floods latest
Athlone floodwaters at highest level since records began (and there's more rain coming)
Wet and windy weather will spread from the southwest on Wednesday.
# improvement
Road deaths for 2015 are the second lowest since records began
165 people died on Irish roads compared to 193 in 2014.
# Fraud
Motorists are conning insurance companies
The AA estimates that false documents fraud is driving up premiums by as much as €50.
# wise up
This powerful video shows why drink driving is a bad, bad idea
284,000 Irish drivers have admitted to some manner of drink driving in the last 12 months.
# Mayo
'Standing at the scene where my boyfriend ran over a man...I didn't know it was my dad'
Maggie Bonner describes the shock of finding out that the man who her boyfriend drove over was her father.