20 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

DON’T TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED – STAY SAFE ON THE ROADS – this was the message emphasised strongly to the people of Co Monaghan by Garda Inspector Pat McMorrow this week when he outlined to The Northern Standard details of the Gardaí’s road safety campaign being implemented over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
The campaign – which commenced at midnight on December 10 and will continue until midnight on January 8 – will see a determined effort by the Gardaí to focus on high risk behaviour such as excessive and inappropriate speed, drink and drug driving, non-wearing of seat belts and use of mobile phones.
Inspector McMorrow told our reporter that 155 people had lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year, a reduction of 20 in the same period last year. Included in this total were 12 fatalities in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division – two in Co Monaghan and ten in Co Cavan.
“Tragically, many more people suffered life-changing injuries as a result of being involved in serious traffic accidents,” the Inspector pointed out.
“Many of these people had to re-learn how to live their lives or be faced with a lifetime of care. Every day can be a challenge to do the simple things in life that everyone takes for granted.
“We must always remember that loss of life on the road is unacceptable at any time. The devastation and sense of loss can never be measured and our sympathies and thoughts are with those families who have lost a loved one. The message is “don’t take life for granted, stay safe on the roads”.”
Over the festive period Gardaí will be dedicating their resources to stamping out irresponsible and risky behaviour on Co Monaghan roads.
They will also continue to vigorously enforce the drink driving legislation, which will be evident by an increase in the number of mandatory alcohol checkpoints in operation throughout the period.
“This is not about catching people, it’s about protecting each and every person who uses the roads,” Inspector McMorrow emphasised.
“The Garda message is simple – if you break the law there is every likelihood that you will be caught.
“Drivers are warned that they …

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