The most vulnerable road users, motorcyclists, pedestirans and cyclists, account for a staggering 70% of admissions as a result of road collisions.
The statistics show that these volunerable road users are also two and a half times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury than car-users.
Over the festive period, there will be a determined focus by An Garda Síochána on key lifesaver offences, i.e. driving under the influence, speeding, non-use of seatbelts and use of mobile phones.
Speaking at the launch, Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey said:“There will be an increase in the number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing checkpoints performed, and they will be carried out on a targeted, 24/7 basis. Speeding enforcement by the GoSafe safety camera vans will also increase to 7,375 hours of monitoring this month.
“I would like to remind everyone that this is not about catching people, it’s about protecting every person who uses the roads so we can all have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.”
As of December 6, a total of 175 people were killed in road collisions compared to 152 deaths on the same date in 2012.