The Irish President has appealed to drivers to “give each other the gift of a safe Christmas” by driving safely and making sure their tyres are in good condition.
Mary McAleese, who was launching a Christmas road safety campaign, said: “No one has to drive without a seat belt, or with bald or under-pressured tyres.
“No one has to speed, no one has to answer the mobile phone while driving, or check their lipstick or root around for a new CD or light up a cigarette.”
Mrs McAleese was speaking as she launched a Christmas road safety campaign in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire.
The hospital has treated 200 serious brain injuries, 100 spinal injury cases and 26 amputees during the last five years and is the Republic’s main centre for rehabilitating crash victims.
The President said driving while under the influence of drink or drugs was “selfish, dangerous, inexcusable and downright bad”.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team