Road Safety Authority

  • Mayo County Council is requesting the Road Safety Authority to standardise a breathalyer test that could be bought in any shop or pharmacy.

    FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly proposed the motion at this week's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, and it was unanimously supported.

    He believes that, if a consumer could have confidence in an over-the-counter breathalyser kit, marked with the RSA logo, then it would assist drivers - particularly the morning after a night out.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has criticised the lack of progress of upgrading the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    Dara Calleary says his Government done a section of the road back in 2010 and says it needs to be made a priority in the wake of 2 road crashes on the stretch this week alone.

    Deputy Calleary has raised his concerns with Midwest Radio News.

  • With over 1,700 students in Mayo receiving their Leaving Cert results today, the Road Safety Authority based in Ballina is reminding students to celebrate safely and responsibly.

    Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock says this is the start of an exciting  new chapter in the lives of students, who shouldn't jeoparise that by taking unnecessary risks.

    Students celebrating their results tonight are urged to plan ahead and get home safely.

    Teenagers getting a lift from a friend are urged to speak up if they suspect the driver has taken drugs or alcohol, while parents have a role to play in talking to their teenagers about their plans for getting home, and being on standby in case their arrangements fall through.

    So far this year, 93 people have died on Ireland's roads, including seven people aged between 16 and 20.

     

     

  • A Sligo Councillor has called on the local authority to write to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, to clarify an anomaly that exists regarding drivers licences.

    Fine Gael Cllr Dara Mulvey says people returning from the USA can drive in Ireland for 12 months on their existing US licence but must then go through the full drive licensing procedure, after the 12 months has elapsed.

    Cllr Mulvey says they must first pass a driver theory test, apply for a learner permit, complete and complete a course of Essential Driver Training lessons.

    He says this can incur huge costs and may also affect insurance costs.

    Cllr Mulvey says we want to welcome people from the US who want to work and settle in Ireland, so we must address this issue.

  • Snow and ice have been impacting on road conditions across the West this morning, after several inches of snow fell in places overnight and early this morning.

    Black ice was also reported on roads across the west.

    A status yellow snow-ice warning remains in place until Saturday evening.

    Tonight, temperatures are set to fall as low as minus 3 degrees in Connacht, with frost and freezing fog.

    Tomorrow will see a mix of rain, sleet and snow with strong easterly winds.

    Some school bus services were cancelled this morning due to weather conditions, while St Attracta's Community School in Tubbercurry is closed today.

    The Road Safety Authority is advising all road users to take extra care for the rest of the week, while the weather warning remains in place.

    Drivers should make sure their tyres are roadworthy, lights and windscreen wipers are working properly and have an ice scraper handy.

    In snow and icy conditions, motorists should slow down and leave extra distance from the vehicle in front, used dipped headlights at all times and fog lights in heavy snow and watch out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.