An Garda Siochana have launched Project Edward today, a Europe-wide initiative to have an entire fatality free day on EU roads.
The long-term aim is to spearhead significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury on roads across the world.
And so, the Gardai have been out in force to encourage people to slow down and drive safely, and have just revealed recent locations where drivers got caught for speeding.
And there's checkpoints in action all over the country today...
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) September 21, 2017
The Gardai say that:
Drivers are unwittingly or sometimes knowingly putting other road users in so many ways, perhaps by speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seat belt, using the phone while driving, using vehicles they have not kept roadworthy, parking their cars on bicycle lanes, blocking pedestrian crossings, not turning on their lights or engaging in risky manoeuvres.
But it’s not just drivers who are at fault. Many cyclists and pedestrians increase their risk levels by choosing to ignore the rules or look for risky short cuts.
In the days leading up to the Project EDWARD day, we want all road users to think – even for a few short minutes – about the risks they face, the risks they may pose to others and how they can go about reducing those risks.
So slow down, pay attention to the roads, and drive safe.