Fine Gael Road Safety Spokesman Shane McEntee TD has warned that road
safety levels will continue to suffer unless Gardaí get long-awaited
“Many parishes in Ireland have seen a rise in what can only be described as
dangerous driving. Much of this activity takes place at night-time and
involves uninsured, untaxed vehicles being driven in a reckless manner.
“We have all seen the skid marks that appear on newly built roads, a
tell-tale sign that the road has been used in a reckless manner at some
recent stage. Many quiet rural roads are also affected.
“Gardaí are badly hindered in their efforts to clamp down on dangerous
driving. The Garda recruitment embargo is having a major impact on manpower
levels across the country. Many stations have lost key personnel or have
been closed down altogether. This is making it extremely difficult to
tackle the serious problem of dangerous drivers.”