Gardai have appealed to motorists throughout the country to be careful this bank holiday weekend.
Research has revealed that since 2009, 42 people have been killed or seriously injured over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year, five people were killed and six were seriously injured.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are calling on drivers to be extra cautious on the roads and in particular, to recognise the symptoms of driver fatigue and to take appropriate action.
International research suggests that fatigue could be a contributory factor in up to one in five driver deaths in Ireland. To help combat driver fatigue this bank holiday weekend, the RSA and Applegreen are teaming up for the second year running to organise a ‘Driver Reviver’ Campaign. Cups of coffee will be available free of charge to drivers at 17 participating Applegreen service stations between 2pm and 8pm today.
Drivers simply mention the ‘RSA’ to the till operator and they will receive a free cup of coffee to help ensure they get to their destination safely.