‘Do not drink and drive’ – President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland calls on people to abstain from drinking if driving this bank holiday weekend

Prof Frank Murray

This brings the number of road traffic fatalities to 105 this year, an 18pc increase on the same period last year.

Prof Frank Murray, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland echoes the RSA’s suggestions and urges people to be safe this bank holiday weekend.

Don't ever drink and drive. Pedestrians, cyclists and other road users should also avoid alcohol. A recent report from the Road Safety Authority showed almost 40% of road traffic accidents over June bank holiday weekends since 2007 are attributable to alcohol. It is worth remembering that even a small amount of alcohol can negatively affect your judgement and reactions. Remember your responsibilities to yourself, your family and the community. Every day, 3 people die in Ireland as a result of alcohol, some as a result of drink-driving. Every family in Ireland is affected. This is unacceptable. More action is necessary. Do the right thing this weekend. Protect yourself and your friends. Take a taxi or have a designated driver and stay safe.

Prof Frank Murray

President RCPI