DON’T TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED – GARDAÍ SEND OUT STRONG PRE-CHRISTMAS SAFETY MESSAGE TO COUNTY MONAGHAN MOTORISTS

8 December 2016 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 motorists of Co Monaghan this week by Garda Inspector Kevin Gavigan.

Inspector Gavigan, who heads up the force’s Traffic Unit in Cavan and Monaghan, was outlining to The Northern Standard details of the Garda road safety campaign being implemented over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

“During the campaign, which commenced at midnight on December 1 and will continue until midnight on January 3, you are going to see a determined effort by the Gardaí throughout Cavan and Monaghan to focus on high-risk behaviour such as excessive and inappropriate speed, drink and drug driving, the non-wearing of seatbelts and the use of mobile phones while driving,” the Inspector stated.

Inspector Gavigan told our reporter that 169 people had lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year – an increase of 27 on the same period last year. Included in this total were eight fatalities in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division – five in Co Monaghan and three 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
“These life-changing injuries are with people for the rest of their lives. Many of these people had to relearn 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. Nobody wants to end up in this situation.

“We must always remember that the loss of a life on the roads 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…
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