THE ROAD SAFETY Authority (RSA) has issued an appeal to motorists to slow down following a number of incidents which have claimed the lives of 11 people on Irish roads this month.
The announcement that a second man has died following a road crash in Mullingar on Saturday brings the total number of people who have died on roads across the country to 11 including four young men in one incident nearly a fortnight ago in Tullamore.
Darren Doyle, 27, David Doyle, 24, and their 17-year-old brother Ryan all died when their car collided with a mini-bus on the Tullamore to Geashill road in Co Offaly on 10 August.
In another incident last weekend, a 17-year-old boy died in Roscommon in a crash which injured three others in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The RSA says that July and August are typically the most dangerous months on Irish roads though the month with the largest number of road fatalities so far this year is June when 25 people died according to Garda figures.
Fifteen people died in July of this year while so far 11 have died in August in comparison to 16 for the whole month of August last year. In total 118 people have died on Irish roads this year.
These are the latest figures from the Garda National Traffic Bureau up to 20 August 2012:
Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: ”We would like to take this opportunity to again appeal to all road users to act responsibly as they share the road each day.
“We make a particular plea to drivers to slow down and to always drive at an appropriate speed for the road and traffic conditions and for their level of driving competency.”