Evidence of inappropriate driving behaviour on a public road close to the M8 at Longford Pass.
Sadly we learn this morning that four more motorists have died in three separate road crashes in three counties across Ireland in the last 12 hours.
Statistics published recently by the National Road Safety Authority (RSA), show that Tipperary has now the second highest number of road deaths to date this year, nationally, with nine people having lost their lives as result of vehicle crashes. This figure is only surpassed by Co. Cork; which regrettably almost doubles our own sad target and shows that some 17 people have lost their lives during this same period.
There has been a 9% increase in the number of road deaths nationally so far this year, based on the previous year’s figures, with 97 people having died to date. Interestingly these recent figures; latter collated by the Gardaí and the RSA, show that half of all fatalities happened at the weekend, with 21% (or 19 deaths), occurring between midnight and 6.00am on Sundays.
The RSA are now predicting that if current motoring trends are permitted to continue, up to 80 more people could lose their lives before the end of December 2016. The collated figures further demonstrate that seven deceased drivers and four now lifeless passengers were definitely not wearing their seatbelts when they lost their lives; indicating that these same 11 lives could have possibly been saved had they been obeying road user agreed regulations.
The majority of road deaths were vehicle drivers, which accounted for 43 of all fatalities, followed by 18 passengers, 16 pedestrians, 11 motorcyclists and 5 cyclists. Based on these new statistics and with the August bank holiday on the horizon, people need to be particularly careful when driving in the early hours of the morning; noting that clearly on Saturdays and Sundays, there has been a 21% increase in all road fatalities.
Qualified Driving Instructors are also asking motorists to demonstrate greater courtesy to Learner Drivers; reporting that behaviour by fully licensed drivers is bringing about unnecessary nervousness and tension amongst L Plate drivers, through tailgating and other impatient discourtesy being displayed.
Regrettably also it should be noted that the number of Gardaí operating in the Traffic Corps has fallen from 1,200 (2009) to approximately 700 this year (2016), resulting in an insufficient number of Garda checkpoints on national roads. As a result, there is a growing perception among Tipperary motorists that they will not be caught speeding, misbehaving or indeed drink-driving.
Tipperary County Council have made an Order temporarily closing the R502 – Templemore to Templetouhy road.
This period of closure is expected to begin on Tuesday 5th July 2016 to Friday 12th August 2016.
Alternative routes can be accessed by motorists to both Templemore & Templetouhy, both ways, using the R433 and R435, and these diversion routes will be clearly sign-posted with emergency access being provided at all times.
The purpose of this closure is to facilitate necessary bridge repairs on this route and Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience which may be caused to the travelling public.
Gardaí have announced that as and from midnight next Friday, there will be 1,031 speed camera locations around the country; increasing by 355 the previous number of similar detection zones.
These 1,031 Safety Cameras only now operate in locations where there exists a history of speed-related collisions, relating often in death; same identified using the most recent collision statistics available.
‘GoSafe’ provider and operator of the system, currently conduct 100 hours of surveying a month and the location of all enforcement zones can be seen clearly on the Garda website – See link http://www.garda.ie/GoSafe.htm
Warning: An Garda Síochána will conduct a national “Slow Down” operation starting also from next Friday morning; commencing from 7.00am and continuing for 24 hours.
It is also worth remembering that 68 people have been killed on Irish roads, so far this year, (6 of these sadly in Co. Tipperary).
Deaths on Irish roads, when compared to this time last year, have regrettably increased by an overall 13 fatalities to date.
Newbridge Silverware have stepped down, after more than a decade of Sponsorship of the Rose of Tralee Festival.
Quick of the mark and now taking their place, come the new lead sponsor; Tipperary Crystal, whose current owner is businessman Robbie Scanlan of Allied Imports and who took over the company back in 2011.
‘Tipperary Crystal’, today an Irish design legend, has over the years become synonymous with excellent quality, high-end design.
Natural beauty and Thurles native, Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, attracts attention to a 1909, 7.2 x 2 cylinder, Renault, at the successful Thurles Lions Club ‘Vintage & Classic Car Show’, recently held in the beautiful grounds of St. Patricks College here in Thurles.
The firm now produces a very fine range of fine jewellery and intend to launch an even bigger collection in July 1916. Same will arrive just in time to deck out all contestants in the 2016 Rose Festival, one of whom will be the very lovely, Thurles native Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, daughter of Liz and Declan O’Sullivan from Loughlahan, Thurles.
Miss O’Sullivan was already selected from 22 other beauties from across Co. Tipperary and who will now go forward to represent Tipperary in stage two of three processes, in the all new expanded Tralee festival this August.
Mr Scanlan has stated that, “Tipperary Crystal and the Rose of Tralee are both iconic Irish brands that have a real and tangible sense of modern Ireland.” However, he is keeping the design of the new Rose of Tralee tiara ‘under his hat’, until August next.
An old age pensioner has died following a road traffic accident on the Gortnahoe – Ballysloe road, near Thurles in Co Tipperary.
A 78-year-old man; the sole occupant, was fatally injured when his car, left the roadway and collided with a concrete pier at approximately 11.30am this morning.
The man, as yet unnamed, involved in this single vehicle incident, was treated at the scene by the Emergency Services, but died a short time later. His body was removed to University Hospital, Waterford for a post-mortem examination.
The road was closed and local diversions put in place, while Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.
Anyone with information who may have witnessed this accident shortly after 11 o’clock this morning, is asked to contact Thurles Garda Station Tel: (0504) 25100 or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.
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