The Irish Road Victims' Association has called on the Government to make it mandatory for gardaí to investigate the mobile phone records of all motorists who are involved in fatal crashes and collisions.

IRVA chairperson Donna Price said that while gardaí have the power to seize phones from people whose vehicles were involved in road crashes, they were not legally obliged to look into the documented records on the usage of mobile phones in every case.

She said relatives of those who lost their lives need to be sure that everyone was treated the same and that a thorough investigation was completed in every case.

The statement comes as ceremonies were held across the country to remember those who have died or who have been seriously injured on the roads.

World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims is now in its 13th year in Ireland. 

Addressing a ceremony in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Minister for Transport Shane Ross thanked families who had lost loved ones for their support in the campaign to lower the legal limit for alcohol intake by drivers.

He added that he would be bringing forward legislation to introduce graded penalties for speeding offences.

Transport Minister Shane Ross

Currently all offenders face the same monetary fines - regardless of whether they are driving over the speed limit by 1km or 50km and this is going to change, he said.

The Road Safety Authority said that as well as drawing attention to the impact of crashes, today's events provide as an opportunity for people to reflect on their road behaviour.

Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan also warned people of how vulnerable road users are.

As the evenings get darker, he said those out walking and cycling should be wearing hi-visibility clothing.

For drivers, he said two essential safety measures they should adhere to every day is wear a seatbelt and put mobile phones away while driving.

24,390 people have died in crashes in Ireland since the recording of fatalities began in 1959.

Over 80,000 people have been seriously injured on Irish roads since the recording of serious injuries began in 1977.

To date in 2019, a total of 125 families, friends and communities have lost a loved one.

In the early hours of this morning a 16-year old boy died when he was hit by a car near Adare in Co Limerick.