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The RSA and An Garda Síochána are urging Kerry road-users to be vigilant ahead of the busy Easter period.

garda accidentWith thousands of people expected to travel this weekend, motorists are being asked to ensure they and their passengers are wearing seatbelts.

Road collision figures released by the RSA have revealed that between 2009 and 2015, 17 people were killed and 47 seriously injured in collisions during the Easter Bank Holiday period.

Across the country, there have been 38 deaths on our roads so far this year, up one from the same time last year, while In Kerry last year, eight people died in road crashes.

An analysis of road fatalities for 2015 showed that 1 in 4 drivers killed, and 1 in 3 passengers killed, were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the RSA, says buckling up is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you, and everyone in your car, stays safe if you crash.

An Garda Síochána is also reminding Kerry road-users its members will be out in force over the Easter Bank Holiday period, to tackle high-risk behaviour with a particular focus on seatbelt non-compliance.