January saw 18 people lose their lives on Irish roads.
Midlands Gardaí are underlining the increased likelihood of road deaths over bank holiday weekends.
18 people lost their lives on Irish roads in January this year, while that figure is one down on last year, it's four greater than 2022.
Laois/Offaly Gardaí say bank holidays see increased road fatalities because motorists are more prone to driving under the influence, and cars are typically carrying more passengers.
An extensive Garda roads policing operation is in place until 7am on Tuesday morning.
Superintendent at Portlaoise Garda Station, Eamon Curley says their operation is targeting four key behaviours: