KILLER BEHAVIOUR – GARDAÍ RE-EMPHASISE DANGERS OF USING MOBILE PHONES WHILE DRIVING

22 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Gardaí have re-emphasised to the public the dangers of using mobile phones while driving, calling on motorists to desist from what they term “killer behaviour” and warning that it will lead to more road fatalities. Gardaí are making a national appeal to motorists to drive with particular care in the run-up to the end of the summer holiday period and the return of children to school, traditionally a high-risk time on Irish roads.

A total of 93 people have been killed on Irish roads so far this year (six more than in the equivalent 2018 period), with six road deaths recorded in north Cork alone in the past month. The number of motorcyclists involved in road fatalities has also risen. Ten have died between January and August, three more than in the same period last year.

Three of the recent Cork fatalities involved motorcyclists. Speaking at the scene of a fatal road collision near Mallow in Co Cork last week, Superintendent Eddie Golden of the Garda National Roads Policing Unit said that people using their mobile phones to access social media while driving or at traffic lights was an increasing and worrying trend, which he branded “killer behaviour”. It was important, Superintendent Golden said, for motorists to “do the small things…

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