Police appeal for drivers to take care on Irish roads

Gardai have renewed their road safety appeal and are asking all motorists to put safety first if they are travelling over the bank holiday period.

There have been four deaths in the Republic of Ireland over the weekend.

Assistant Commissioner John O'Mahoney said: "Road safety is everybody's concern. Together we can make the roads safer for all road users."

"We have come a long way, but still 69 people have been killed so far this year.

"There is always room for improvement and none of us can ever be complacent about road safety."

During the first quarter of 2012, fixed charge notices were issued to 56,289 drivers for speeding, and 3,429 to people for not wearing their seatbelts.

Another 3,266 people were prosecuted for drink driving offences, and 1,018 people were prosecuted for driving dangerously.

Preliminary results of police investigations indicate that nine people who died to date this year were not wearing a seatbelt and 40 people were killed in a single vehicle collision, often late at night, with inappropriate speed also contributing to many of these collisions.