Noel Gibbons

  • The Mayo Road Safety Office is tackling the danger of “lane hogging” as Mayo GAA fans head to Croke Park this Sunday.

    The local Road Safety Office hopes to change the habit of road users who stay in the overtake lane and in doing so make the roads safer.

    On the journey to Dublin motorists from the west can avail of the M17, M6, M4 and roads and the road safety office wants to use this as an opportunity to put this dangerous driving practice under focus.

    An AA survey of 20,000 motorists found that one in three could be caught hogging the outside lane.

    A previous report by the RSA showed some 6% of collisions were caused by improper overtaking.

    Remaining in the overtake lane on the right results in one penalty point and a €60 fine.

    The county's Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons, insisted that it is speeding motorists that cause deaths but he would also like to highlight the effect that slow moving vehicles can have on other road users.

  • Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Officer has issued a warning over a Snapchat challenge in the UK, which has seen children hanging off the edge of bridges.

    Police officers were called to bridges across Greater Manchester in recent days, after concerned motorists called to report kids hanging off the edge. It emerged the school children were trying to impress friends on Snapchat.

    Police say it’s a Snapchat challenge to post pictures leaning over bridges, and have appealed to parents to help nip this trend in the bud.

    While there haven’t been any reports of similar incidents here in Ireland, Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says it’s usually the case that any such challenges on social media don’t take long to spread to Ireland.

    He’s appealing to parents of young teenagers to highlight this type of behaviour, which he says is “an accident waiting to happen”.

  • The road safety officer at Mayo County Council says he would like to see new hi-tech cameras that detect drivers using their mobile phones being introduced in this country.

    Police in Australia are set to use automated camera technology to identify drivers who use their at phones at the wheel.

    Noel Gibbons says that if you look at your phone for just four seconds while you are driving it’s like driving the equivalent of more than 100 yards blindfolded.

    Mr. Gibbons says motorists need to believe that using a handheld phone brings real consequences

  • Driver inattention and congestion can be major causes of crashes.

    Mayo County Council is warning drivers to take care this Friday the 13th, as previous British Medical Journal research shows it's not a good day on the roads.

    Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says people often aren't concentrating enough on the last day of the working week.

  • Older drivers, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, need to be aware of changes in road traffic laws and how to stay safe on roads.

    That's according to Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office, which is hosting an Older Road Users Conference in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar next week.

    The free event takes place on Thursday 14th March from 9.30am to 1pm, and its aim is to help improve the experience for older road users, and increase their awareness and knowledge of current road systems and road traffic laws.

    With some older people choosing to use mobility scooters to maintain their independence, information provided on the day will assist these people to use the road and footpaths safely.

    The Older Road User conference is being organised by Mayo's Older Persons Council, the Road Safety Office and the Community Section and will cover a range of topics, including changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs, how vehicles have changed over the years and how driving skills and habits have evolved.

    Special guests on the day will include former RTE newsreader, Castlebar native Michael Murphy, and Mayo footballer Andy Moran.


    The number to book a place at the conference is 094 - 9064336 or 094 - 9064348.