The next 24 hours will see the Gardai throughout Kildare mounting 80 checkpoints throughout the county.
It’s all part of Operation Focus, an initiative whereby the Gardai carry out a concentrated burst of checkpoints over a 24 hour period on “known high risk locations”.
At a brief press conference at Naas Garda Station this morning, Friday, May 18, Chief Superintendent of the Garda National Traffic Bureau Aidan Reid explained that “objective is to focus the attention all road users on the ongoing enforcement around the main causes of death on our roads,” which he highlighted as being speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, dangerous driving, non-use of seatbelts and the holding mobile phones.
He was joined by Chief Superintent Mick Byrnes who made a point of thanking both the public and the Gardai for their dedication in lowering the number casualities on Kildare roads. In 2012 so far, there have been no fatalities. The same is the case in Wicklow.
And on a national level, the figures have reduced considerable, to a point where Ireland is the third best in Europe.
They both denied that reduced Garda resources would interfere with the their campaign to reduce road deaths.