Gardaí launch Christmas road safety campaign in Kilkenny

Clampdown on driver safety in the run up to Christmas

Mary Cody


Mary Cody


Gardaí launch Christmas road safety campaign in Kilkenny

Gardaí in Kilkenny have launched their road safety campaign in the run up to Christmas and have made a number of arrests in recent days.

The clampdown will see increased checkpoints across the city and county with the focus on targeting drink drivers.

Regional Traffic Inspector, Anthony Farrell warned motorists to 'never ever drink and drive'.

"As little as one drink can effect driver actions. Checkpoints and speed checks will be plentiful over the Christmas period. I would ask that people make extra efforts to plan their journey over the Christmas period. Leave the car at home if at all possible," he said.

Alcohol is a contributory factor in 38% of fatal crashes in the lead up to Christmas, a Road Safety Authority (RSA) analysis of Garda investigation files for fatal crashes in the months of November and December has found.

Inspector Farrell also stressed that people should be especially careful of the morning after which is a danger zone for alcohol-related fatal crashes. The latest figures show that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver has consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am.

The senior garda also warned that there would be checkpoints in place for safety belt use and to check for mobile phone use. He also warned people to wear high visibility clothing, both day and night, when going out for a walk, run or cycle.

There have been six fatal collisions in Kilkenny and Carlow since the start of the year.

Inspector Farrell also wished to thank the public for their ongoing support and took the opportunity to wish people a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas, on and off the roads with their families.