The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána launched their Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign at the Medical Bureau for Road Safety, UCD. The focus of this year’s campaign is serious head injuries as a result of road collisions. Statistics from the National Neurosurgery Centre at Beaumont Hospital show that of an average of 250 head trauma transfers to the hospital every year, 1 in 7 are as a result of a road collision.
To date in 2013, 36 admissions were as a result of road traffic collisions. The year-to-date statistics also show that vulnerable road users (motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists) represent 70% of admissions as a result of road collisions and are two and a half times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury than car-users.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Leo Varadkar TD said: “The increase in road deaths in 2013 serves as a stark reminder of why we must all continue to make our roads safer for everyone, particularly over Christmas and New Year.”
Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey said: “The Christmas enforcement campaign by An Garda Síochána is in full force during the month of December. There will be an increase in the number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing checkpoints performed, and they will be carried out on a targeted, 24/7 basis. Speeding enforcement by the GoSafe safety camera vans will also increase to 7,375 hours of monitoring in the month of December. In addition to enforcement activity, there will be a number of other safety initiatives.