Today is European Day Without a Road Death - a Europe-wide campaign to reduce fatalities.

On average 70 people die every day on Europe's roads.

For the past two years on this day, which is known as Project EDWARD, the number of fatalities has reduced to 43.

Gardaí say they are aiming for zero road deaths today, as was the case this day last year.

They have urged all road users to make a pledge to reduce risk and improve safety on our roads.

Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan of Roads Policing said: "Reduce speed, never drink or take drugs and drive, put away phones, belt up for every journey and make yourself visible.

"These are simple life saving tips. Be as safe as you can, not just on Project EDWARD day, but every day," he said.

European Day Without a Road Death comes as a Status Orange wind warning is in effect for more than half the country as Storm Ali sweeps in.

"We are appealing to drivers to drive to the weather conditions. Allow extra time when planning your journey and arrive safe," urged Assistant Commissioner Sheahan.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: "Last year the Republic of Ireland recorded zero road deaths on Project Edward day.

"This year we are determined to do all we can again to record zero fatalities on project Edward day. We are joining with the PSNI in supporting project Edward, this is an all island of Ireland effort so please do all you can to be safe on the roads."