A number of ceremonies and events have been taking place around the country to remember the victims of road accidents.

Today is World Day of Remembrance for those injured and killed on our roads.

The Irish Road Victims Association organised an event near Mullingar this afternoon to remember their loved ones and to highlight road safety issues.

Family members warned against driving while drinking and called for greater garda presence on the roads. 

Chief Superintendant Michael O'Sullivan of the Garda Traffic Unit told RTÉ that thousands of people continue to be prosecuted for not wearing seat belts.

One in five road deaths were as the result of people not wearing seat belts.

Mr O'Sullivan said Garda enforcement was at an all-time high but people needed to heed the law.

Families of those killed in road accidents later released balloons over Lough Ennell near Mullingar in memory of the victims.