Gardaí are appealing for information following a fatal collision overnight





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Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision involving a truck and a pedestrian that occurred in the Smith Street area of Cork City on 10/02/2020 at approximately 3:50pm.

A female pedestrian, aged in her 50s, was taken to Cork University Hospital by ambulance where she was later pronounced dead. A technical examination of the scene has been carried out.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users who may have dash cam footage of the area from the time of the collision, to contact Gardaí at Anglesea Street on 021 452 2000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.




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Man arrested in Skibbereen on foot of European Arrest Warrant





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Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 20s in relation to a burglary that occurred at a house in the Union Hall area of Skibbereen, Co. Cork on the 2nd October, 2016.

Shortly after 1.30am, a man enter the house and armed himself with a knife once inside. He threatened the occupant, stole their mobile phone and left the scene.

An investigation was carried out by Gardaí in the Clonakilty District and a man in his 20s was arrested today, 10th February, 2020 on foot of a European arrest warrant with the assistance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The man was detained at Clonakilty Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and has since been charged to appear before Skibbereen District Court tomorrow, 11th February at 10.30am.




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Gardaí launch Safety Camera Expansion with 903 new safety camera zones





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Safety Camera Expansion 2020

  • 903 new safety camera zones from 06:00 on Monday 17th February
  • A total of 1,322 safety camera zones nationwide
  • Safety cameras are proven life savers
  • All safety camera zones (high risk locations) available on Garda website
  • 575 safety camera zones have been removed following a review
  • More than 1.5m speeding tickets issued since introduction of safety cameras (AGS & GoSafe)

Since 2010, An Garda Síochána has contributed to making our roads safer through the use of safety cameras, using a service provider ‘GoSafe’ to operate them on its behalf. The primary purpose of safety cameras is to reduce speed related collisions, lessen injuries and save lives.

Safety cameras operate in areas where there is a history of speed related collisions, known as speed enforcement zones, using a fleet of marked vehicles* (see attached image).

Road deaths have decreased from 415 in 2000 to 148 in 2019 (provisional). This shows a dramatic reduction in terms of risk and a huge increase in terms of road safety. All zones are available on the Garda website and available for GPS Navigation providers such as Garmin, TomTom, Google Maps or Waze to download.

An Garda Síochána recently initiated an updated collision analysis of the road network based on the most recent available collision statistics. The objective was to take a proactive approach in the prevention of fatalities and life changing injuries by identifying ‘GoSafe’ monitoring locations and in particular areas not currently being monitored by ‘GoSafe’ where collisions occurred.

For example in 2019 Q1, 85% of fatalities occurred outside GoSafe zones. New locations were selected using data available examining fatal & serious injury collision locations.

The review also identified locations where the compliance levels had increased, fatal and serious injuries had significantly reduced. These 575 collision prone zones have been removed from the list. It is acknowledged that this implies improved behavior by drivers at these locations.

Collision data from the Garda Pulse system was extracted. The data analysis included type of collision (fatal serious and minor) and the coordinates of where each of these took place. The data looked at the previous three years from January 2016 – December 2018 and consisted of approximately 18,000 data points.

Each type of collision (fatal, serious, and minor) was assigned a weighted value.
As a result of this comprehensive analysis, potential zones were identified:-

  • 9.5% were on local roads,
  • 52.3% on regional roads,
  • 28.8% on national roads
  • 3.6% on were motorways
  • 5.8% on Unclassified Roads – Street Name, Road Name, Tertiary

In total, there are now 1,322 speed enforcement zones nationwide where safety cameras will operate effective from 06:00 on Monday 17th February 2020.

Superintendent Tony Lonergan of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said today:
“We now have an increased number of safety camera zones with the introduction of 903 new zones commencing from 6am on 17th February. The safety cameras are proven life savers and only operate in areas which have a speed related collision history where fatal, serious injury and now minor injury collisions occur. By identifying and targeting these high risk areas our aim is to continue to reduce the number and severity of collisions, thus save more lives and prevent more injuries from occurring. This makes the roads safer for every road user.”

Superintendent Lonergan continued:-
“There is no doubt these safety cameras save lives. Saving lives and preventing injuries is one of our top priorities and we urge every driver to become familiar with the full list of speed enforcement zones, available on the Garda website. We appeal to all drivers to drive safe, complying with posted speed limit signs not just for the GoSafe zones but for the duration of their journey. Reducing your speed will save lives and make the road safer for all.”

Commenting on the announcement Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said, “Speed remains the single biggest contributory factor to road deaths in this country and is estimated to be a factor in a third of fatal crashes. Driving too fast increases your risk of being involved in a crash and increases the severity of a crash.

Safety cameras have been in operation in this country for a decade now and are proven lifesavers. Deaths and injuries, as a result of speeding, in collision prone zones where they are located have dropped. I welcome this review of locations by An Garda Síochána, which is based on speed related crash data and I would remind people that the locations can be found on the Garda website.
The locations are also being shared with satellite navigation companies. That’s because this whole project is about stopping people from speeding not catching people speeding. So there really is no excuse.”

The rollout of new speed detection devices to Roads Policing Units is ongoing and Gardaí will continue to enforce the speed limits nationwide in addition to the ‘GoSafe’ consortium who will operate at camera safety zones.

Rationale for Safety Cameras

Despite excellent progress over the last decade or so, road traffic collisions still remain a significant cause of death and injury in Ireland. Each year almost 200 people are killed and close to 6,000 are injured on the Irish road network.
Irish and international research indicates that up to 30% of road collisions have speed as a contributory factor. Measures to reduce traffic speed are considered key to reducing casualties on the road. Increasing use of technology is seen as the way forward in the battle against road deaths.

In Ireland speed or safety cameras are one technological innovation used to help reduce traffic speeds, traffic collisions, and casualties. A major expansion of the safety camera network has been underway in Ireland since 2010.
This study carried out a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis in respect of the national safety camera network in Ireland (the study covers only those cameras operated by the private company GoSafe on behalf of An Garda Síochána). The aim was to assess what benefits, if any, the cameras delivered for Ireland. It is the first of its kind in Ireland.

Ireland’s first cost-benefit analysis of safety cameras

The critical part of the analysis was an assessment of the effectiveness of safety cameras in reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries on Irish roads. In order to isolate the impact of the cameras on road accidents a controlled before and after study was used to compare fatalities and injuries at sites where safety cameras were positioned vis-à-vis sites which did not have any camera present. Time trend, seasonality, traffic levels and regression to mean were controlled for.
The costs of installing and operating safety cameras were contrasted with the monetary value of benefits brought about by their presence on the Irish road network. This included the annual income generated by speeding fines and the value of lives saved and injuries prevented.

The results of the study show that safety cameras are an effective means of reducing road traffic collisions and related deaths and injuries in Ireland and because of this they generate a significant benefit to Irish society of over €70 million each year. Even when modelling with more pessimistic assumptions (e.g. a decline in incident reductions, reductions in fine income etc.) the analysis still showed that the cameras produced a substantial net benefit over their costs.
Contrary to popular belief Irish safety cameras are not a ‘cash cow’ for the State. The operational costs of running safety cameras in Ireland are more than double the fine income they generate.

Cameras- costing money but saving lives

The cost benefit analysis (CBA) carried out in this Study has clearly demonstrated that the use of safety cameras has generated substantial net benefits to Ireland- more than €70 million per year. In addition their ‘pay back’ period is practically immediate. From the first year of their operations the overall monetary value of the benefits they delivered far exceeded their costs. This was the case even when the data was remodelled using more pessimistic assumptions about the various values of costs and benefits.

Safety cameras may not be real revenue raisers but they are life savers. Evidence derived from the analysis has shown that almost 24 lives have been saved each year since 2011 because of the presence of safety cameras on the Irish road network. To put this into context this represents an approximate 12% saving on road fatalities based on the provisional data supplied by the Road
Safety Authority in respect of 2013. A significant number of serious and minor injuries were also prevented from occurring simply because the cameras were in operation.




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Road Safety Alert from the RSA as Yellow Weather Warning for Snow / Ice is issued





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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to prepare for cold weather conditions as Met Eireann have issued a Yellow Weather Warning for Snow and Ice for Monday and Tuesday.

Wintery showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected. With overnight temperatures expected around zero or below over the coming nights there is also a significant risk of icy patches, which will make road use hazardous. Snowfall accumulations are expected to affect the west and north of the country particularly on higher ground, but snow is possible at lower levels into Tuesday.

The RSA has the following practical advice for road users to cope with the icy, hail and snow conditions:

  • Clear windows and mirrors before you set out, use a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.
  • In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Avoid over steering and harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
  • In snow or sleet conditions, visibility will be reduced. Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely. In heavy snow, use your fog lights, turn off your radio and open your window a fraction, so you can hear other traffic, especially at junctions.
  • Use dipped headlights at all times, and fog lights in heavy snow to ensure you are seen by other motorists (but don’t forget to turn them off afterwards).
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space when overtaking them.
  • Drivers of high sided vehicles like trucks and buses are particularly at risk from both the dangers posed by ice and snow but also from the high winds associated with strong winds.
  • Drivers need to be on guard to the potential danger posed by hailstones. If you encounter hail stones reduce your speed, without breaking if possible. Warn other drivers by using your hazard warning lights. Driving slowly in a high gear will help your tyres maintain grip even as your tyres move over the compacted pellets of ice. Accelerate and brake very gently, and drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Avoiding sudden actions. See video on driving in Hailstones

Pedestrians are advised to:

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing but ideally wear a high visibility jacket, reflective armband or reflective belt.
  • Wear appropriate footwear. Walk on the footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice. Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with snow or ice, always use extreme caution.

For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips to avoid a fall or slip in snow or icy conditions’ click here.

Cyclists and Motorcyclists are advised:

  • Visibility is reduced in snowy conditions so cyclists should wear a Sam Browne Bandoleer belt or high visibility vest and ensure the lights on your bike are working correctly.
  • Motorcyclists should avoid wearing a dark visor in any bad light conditions.
    Remember other road users may not ‘expect’ you and could therefore comprise your safety

More safety tips for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorcyclists using the roads in snow and icy conditions can be found here.

For advice on severe weather driving tips and weather updates, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See advice on driving in ice or snow in our series of severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.

For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie




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A status yellow – Snow/Ice warning has been issued nationwide





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Check out our ‘Top Tips’ for Winter Driving Conditions

The Status Yellow – Snow/Ice warning has been extended until 8am tomorrow morning

  • Update: Scattered wintry showers tonight and early Wednesday with some snowfall accumulations, especially in the west and north. Some disruption to travel is possible, particularly over higher routes.

Updated: 19:55 Tuesday 11/02/2020

Valid: 00:01 Monday 10/02/2020 to 10:00 Wednesday 12/02/2020
Issued: 12:00 Sunday 09/02/2020


 

Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – snow/ice warning for Ireland, which is valid from 00:01 Monday 10/02/2020 to 23:59 Tuesday 11/02/2020

  • Forecasters are warning that widespread wintry showers on Monday and Tuesday with some snowfall accumulations, especially in the west and north. Some disruption to travel is possible, particularly over higher routes.

Issued/Updated: 12:00 Sunday 09/02/2020
Valid: 00:01 Monday 10/02/2020 to 23:59 Tuesday 11/02/2020


Cold Spell – Wintry Hazards Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February – Meteorologists Commentary

As Storm Ciara moves away today, colder air originating from Canada begins to feed down over Ireland. This will bring scattered wintry precipitation later tonight. The risk of snowfall increases during Monday and the risk will continue through Tuesday. While snow showers may develop anywhere they will occur chiefly in parts of the west and north, with some accumulations possible.

The windy conditions that the country has experienced over the last few days will persist and coupled with the colder air it will feel bitterly cold, with significant wind chill.

The animation below depicts regions of warm and cold airmasses. The warmer air is to the south of the country below the Polar Jet stream. The animation shows the much colder air moving in over Ireland over the coming days.

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Gardaí investigating ‘criminal damage by fire’ at a house in Liffey Park, Mayfield last night





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Gardaí are investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire that occurred at a house at Liffey Park, Mayfield at approximately 10.20pm on Thursday 6th February 2020.

No injuries were sustained though a man was taken to Mercy University Hospital as a precaution after extinguishing the fire.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.




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Third person arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Timothy Hourihane





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A third person has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of Timothy Hourihane (50s) at Mardyke Walk in Cork on 13th October, 2019.

A woman in her 30s was arrested in Cork this morning (5/2/2020) by investigating Gardaí. She is currently detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at the Bridewell Garda Station and can be held for up to 24 hours.




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#StormCiara: Live Updates





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We’ve compiled a list of emergency numbers that you may need throughout #StormCiara. Be informed and stay safe!





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Vehicle stolen from a delivery driver in Farranree





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We’ve received reports that a delivery drivers vehicle was stolen last night, shortly after midnight as he delivered food to a house in the Farranree area. Gardaí arrived shortly afterwards.

The man was unharmed in the incident, but was left shaken.

Anyone with information should contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on (021) 494 6200.




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Gardaí have arrested two men in their 20s in relation to an aggravated burglary in Lotamore





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Gardaí investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a house in Lotamore, Co Cork in the early hours of 20th January, 2020 have arrested two men in their 20s.

Both men were arrested this morning, 1st February, 2020 by detective Gardaí from Mayfield Garda Station. They are currently detained at Gurranabraher and Mayfield Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Investigations are ongoing.




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