Road deaths higher this year as the number of people caught speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone also increases – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Road deaths higher this year as the number of people caught speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone also increases




Gardaí have revealed that road deaths have increased to 34 deaths this year compared to 25 over the same period this time last year.

In a report published this week, Gardai say there was a total of nine more deaths in the first three months 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

The figures also show that of the 35 deaths 25 of those involved have either been a driver or passenger.

Meanwhile Gardaí say a total of 13,000 motorists were caught speeding in the month of January, marking an overall increase of 5,000 compared to January 2018.

They also a total of 700 drivers were caught under the influence in January compared to 597 in January 2018, whilst 2,235 people were caught using their phone compared to 1,888 on the previous year.

Gardaí say drivers must work harder in order to curb the trend and therefore make the roads safer for everyone.

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