'Stay safe on the road over the festive season'

'Stay safe on the road over the festive season'
Mary Cody mary.cody@kilkennypeople.ie @marygcody

Additional checkpoints will be deployed across the city and county over the Christmas holidays to encourage people to drive safely.

It is hoped that an increased garda presence coupled with responsible driving will help reduce the number of collisions.

To date this year there have been six fatal road traffic collisions in Kilkenny, with five taking place in the south of the county.

“For six families in Kilkenny there will be an empty seat at the table this Christmas,” said Superintendent Derek Hughes who is in charge of the Thomastown Garda District.

The superintendent urged people to take particular care when driving especially at this time of year when road conditions are often poor.

“I am appealing to people who are nervous on the roads or are inexperienced drivers to consider the necessity of their journey especially when there are dangerous driving conditions like freezing fog, dark evenings and icy roads,” he said stressing that none of the above were directly related to any of the fatalities in the county this year.

Mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints and speeding checkpoints will be increased over the holiday season and this will continue in 2017 in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic collisons.

“We are doing everything we can to make our roads safer. Over the Christmas period people typically celebrate and it is important that people never ever drink and drive. The alcohol limit is so low that is it far more prudent not to drive at all after taking a drink,” he added.

Supt Hughes also pointed out that driver fatigue can be lethal and urged drivers to rest before and during journeys when necessary.

Drivers are asked to slow down, stay sober and stay safe and help reduce the number of deaths on our roads.