Increases Garda presence on the nation's roads ahead of the holiday weekend to try and reduce road deaths.

Four hundred and fifty people were killed on Ireland's roads last year, with clusters of fatalities taking place over the bank holiday weekends.

Eleven people including a six year old child died on the roads during the May bank holiday weekend. Five were killed and one hundred and twenty two injured on the June bank holiday weekend.

For this August bank holiday weekend however Gardaí have increased their traffic management resources, and will operate three thousand checkpoints and a large number of speed checks across the country.

Speeding, drink driving, wearing of seat belts and dangerous driving are the four key areas that the Gardaí will focus on this weekend. Chief Superintendent John O’Brien reminds,

If you’re going about have a good time enjoy yourself...and if you are drinking, then obviously you don’t drive.

Heavy traffic over a bank holiday weekend seems to be a perpetual issue, and Lorraine Keane of AA Roadwatch advises motorists to spread out their journey times, as

The August bank holiday in particular does tend to be one of the worst.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 August 1997. The reporter is Barry Turley.