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Gardai urge all road users to be responsible over St Patrick's weekend

Gardai say they will be out in force over the St Patrick’s weekend, to monitor all high-risk behaviour including drink-driving.

Over 1300 motorists have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving since the start of the year, while over St Patrick’s weekend last year, over 100 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

The campaign will also target speeding, dangerous or careless driving, failure to wear seat belts, and the use of mobile phones or ipods while driving.

Gardai say they will be patrolling the roads network throughout the Western region this weekend in both marked and unmarked vehicles, and are reminding drivers that in addition to mandatory breath-testing, they can be breathalysed if their commit any road traffic offence.

They’re also reminding drivers of the dangers of driving the morning after a night out – 12% of all drink driving arrests occur between 8am and 2pm.

They’re asking people going out for a night to plan their journey home by organising a lift, a taxi or public transport, while pedestrians should ensure they’re wearing high-viz clothing while walking on roads.

33 people have been killed on Irish roads so far this year – including one in mayo and 2 in Galway.

As the country prepares to celebrate St Patrick's Day, the Road Safety Authority is also urging all road users to be responsible.

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