Garda Operation Focus will reduce road deaths

Since 2005 the numbers of people being killed on Ireland’s roads has been decreasing year by year culminating in less than 200 people losing their lives in 2011, the lowest figure since records began in 1959.

An Garda Síochána want to acknowledge the change in road user behaviour that has brought this trend about but also recognise the pain and grief the families of the 186 victims experienced in 2011.

One death on our roads is One too many.

Already this year, 44 people have been killed on our roads, confirming that there is no room for complacency.

“Operation Focus” is an initiative whereby An Garda Síochána will focus our enforcement resources in a concentrated fashion on known high risk locations for a 24 hour period moving from Garda region to Garda region throughout the year.  The objective is to “Focus” the attention of all road users on the ongoing enforcement around the main causes of deaths on our roads – speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dangerous driving, non-use of seatbelts and the unlawful use of mobile phones.

All our resources including safety cameras will be utilised and we will be supported by the “Road Safety Authority”.

Assistant Commissioner O’ Mahoney said “while the continued downward trend in fatalities is to be welcomed we appeal to road users to continue to “Focus” on road safety in order that we can continue the reduction in deaths and serious injury and spare families the pain and grief associated with such sudden loss of a loved one.  Enforcement continues to be a high priority for An Garda Síochána”.

Noel Brett, Road Safety Authority said “Enforcement by An Garda Síochána continues to be a vital component in the battle to reduce deaths and serious injury on our roads.  I welcome the initiative “Focus” and I am confident that it will lead to the prosecution of people who still refuse to acknowledge the dangers associated with inappropriate speed, driving under the influence and other breaches of the Road Traffic Act that can cost lives it will also remind people that if you continue to take chances on our roads you will be caught”.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said “This is the fourth in a series of such operations that will be held in each region throughout the country. The objective is to remind people that it doesn’t pay to take chances on our roads.   As a community we all have a duty to ensure that no family should ever lose a loved one on our roads as a result of reckless behaviour. Furthermore, this is to build on the important message given at the recent Road Safety presentations at Cork University Hospital, and Cork Institute of Technology. This combination of Enforcement and Educational initiatives such as these, are the key to Road Safety”

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