Gardaí are appealing for road users to stay safe this Bank Holiday Weekend, with a special traffic operation commencing Friday.
Bank Holidays are a popular time to relax and enjoy with families, relatives and friends; they are also period when traffic volumes increase on roads across the country.
Over the April bank holiday weekend five people lost their lives on Irish roads. There were 14 serious injury collisions which led to life-changing injuries for 16 people.
Gardaí also caught 110 people driving while drunk that weekend, and another 78 people were arrested for driving while on drugs.
On top of that, 179 vehicles were impounded for having no insurance, and 187 vehicles for having no road tax, over the course of the April Bank Holiday weekend
Ahead of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority are appealing for all road users to stay safe.
The Bank Holiday Weekend operation will take effect from 7am Friday morning, and run right through Monday and into Tuesday.