The Chief Superintendent for the Longford/Roscommon and Mayo Garda Division is urging motorists to watch out for vulnerable road users.
Ray McMahon says we are now entering a busy period on the roads, with an increase in tourists, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and farm machinery.
At a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting in Roscommon the local chief superintendent made a road safety appeal.
He reminded motorists of the dangers around speed, not wearing seat belts, use of phones and drink or drug driving.
Speaking to Shannonside FM News Chief Superintendent McMahon indicated the presence of garda checkpoints across the region.
"Road deaths are on the increase. Really just to get that message across for people to be careful and watch out for vunerable road users. Technology has advanced so much now that we can do a very quick roadside test to determine the presence of drugs. That will then indicate to us whether that person needs to be brought into the station. That's happening more and more frequently and a lot more detections of people drug driving as well as drink driving"