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  • Créches and Montessori schools across the region are today holding Beep Beep Day, an initiative by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) aimed at educating the most vulnerable road users on the importance of safety on the roads, whether they are out walking, cycling or passengers in cars or buses.

    It’s part of Irish Road Safety Week, and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is today having a Child Safety Day nationally.

    RSA distributed 40,000 high visibility vests to pre-school services and providers in advance of Beep Beep Day.  Children aged 5 and under will today practice basic road safety skills with the Simon and Friends road safety storybooks, songs, games and activities. 

    Meanwhile, StreetSmart is an initiative designed by the RSA for children of primary school age, and involves a streetscape mat which invites children to carry out typical, everyday cycling or pedestrian tasks and     activities as directed by the RSA Road Safety Educators.

  • The Road Safety Authority is warning pedestrians that they account for one in five deaths on Irish roads. 

    It's launching Road Safety Week today, which comes following the deaths of two pedestrians in separate road incidents in the past week.

    Communications Manager with the RSA, Brian Farrell, says they're focusing on what can be done to help pedestrians stay safe.

  • The Chairperson of the RSA says it’s shocking that deaths on Irish roads are 24% higher so far this year compared with the same period last year.

    There have been 47 road deaths in Ireland, nine more than for the same period in 2019, including 14 pedestrians, 20 drivers, eight passengers, four motorcyclists and one cyclist.

    Liz O’Donnell says it is a time for taking extra care in everything we do.

    Ms. O’Donnell says drivers in particular need to slow down, put away your mobile phone and look out for vulnerable road users.

  • Drivers are being warned to use their dipped headlights on the shortest day of the year today.

    The Road Safety Authority's also urging those out walking and cycling to make sure they can be seen on the roads.

    Around 60 per cent of pedestrian deaths in crashes happen in hours of darkness.

  • Thousands of football fans from Mayo and Galway will be travelling to Limerick this Saturday for the round 4 All-Ireland football qualifier, and the replay of the Ladies Connacht final.

    Gardai and Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office are urging drivers to stay safe and stay back from the car in front, on the journey to Limerick.

    "Stay safe and stay back" is the message from the Road Safety Officer and Gardai, who are also urging motorists not to use mobile phones when driving.

  • The most dangerous road in Ireland is a section of the N59 in Co Galway, according to Gamma Location Intelligence.

    The second spot is by Abbey Square Roundabout in Enniscorthy Co Wexford, while the third is at the New Street junction in Longford town.

    Galway has the most locations in the top 20 dangerous roads, with 8 on the list.

  • The names have been released of the four young men killed in a road collision in Co Donegal last night.

    The small community in Gortahork has been left shocked following the deaths of John Harley, Michéal Roarty, Sean Harkin, and Daniel Scott, in a single-vehicle crash.

    All four were in their 20's and were on their way home from a night out when the car they were in crashed near Magheraroarty in Gortahork just before 9pm last night.

    Gardai say they're deeply saddened by the horrific death toll in Irish roads over the past week - a week in which 10 people died in road collisions - and have sent condolences to those affected by the tragic events.

    In a statement, Gardai say their activities across the country will continue to focus on the offences that contribute most significantly to traffic collisions - in particular drink-driving and speeding.

    In the first month of 2019 to date, 634 drivers have been arrested nationally for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, while over 9,300 people have been detected speeding.

    In Mayo, one motorist was caught driving at 161 km an hour in an 80 km/h zone on the R335 at Glaspatrick, Murrisk.

    The Road Safety Authority is also appealing to motorists to slow down, drive at the right speed for the weather conditions and watch out for vulnerable road users  -particularly among warnings of icy roads and sleet and snow showers this week.

     

  • Heed the warnings from Gardaí and local authorities if taking to the roads today.

    That's the advice of the Road Safety Authority as snow and icy conditions take hold in many parts of the country. However as of yet, there are no problems being reported in this region.

    Met Eireann have a Status Yellow Warning for Snow and Ice in place until 6am tomorrow, while a status yellow wind warning is also in place for western coastal counties until midnight tonight.

  • A Mayo Fine Gael Cllr has called on the Road Safety Authority to certify personal use alcohol breathalysers, to give more clarity to motorists when it’s safe to drive a vehicle.

    Cllr Jarlath Munnelly says he is raising the issue now following the public debate surrounding drink driving penalties over the Christmas and New Year period. He says people expressed anxiety over whether or not they are fit to drive their car the morning after a night out and this needs to be addressed.

    Cllr Munnelly says there are many personal use breathalysers for sale, both online and in shops, but no one seems to be able to say for sure who accurate they are. He says by contrast in France, it is possible to buy a packet of disposable breathalysers that have been certified by the police. Cllr Munnelly says this means the public in France can be certain that if they test themselves with one of these certified units and it says they are fit to drive, they are fit to drive.

    Cllr Munnelly says under the proposal, the RSA would certify personal use alcohol breathalysers that are on sale in shops and pharmacies in Ireland.

    He is due to raise the issue at Monday’s Mayo County Council meeting.

  • 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's road safety officer claims the run-up to Christmas brings on car parking rage.

    With the Christmas shopping season underway, road safety officer for Mayo County Council  Noel Gibbons claims car parking spaces are in hot demand at this time of year, but he's advising motorists not to lose their cool during what can be a stressful time.

    This weekend, around 8th December, is traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season, and across the county, retailers will be hoping that consumers shop local to support jobs and industry in their local towns.

    Mayo's road safety officer says, with towns and car parks getting busier, parking rage is common, but he says motorists should exercise courtesy to other drivers to help make it a happy Christmas for all.

    He's urging shoppers to obey car parking signage, and any requests from management, to ensure smooth traffic flow.

    The road safety officer says most anger is caused by another car blocking in your car, a badly-parked car taking up more than one space, or someone parking across your driveway.

    His advice on car-park etiquette is to take up just one parking space, ensuring you can open doors without hitting the cars beside you, take your turn when waiting for a parking spot and remember the closest car waiting for a space with an indicator on gets priority.

    He's also advising people to get their shopping done early to avoid the last-minute rush.

  • 4 people have died on motorbikes on Ireland's roads so far this year, that's three more than the same period last year.

    In 2018 there were 15 motorcyclist deaths on Irish roads, according to the Road Safety Authority.

    The RSA and Gardai are reminding road users, especially bikers, to take extra care this Bank Holiday weekend -  with a third of motorbike crashes happening on a Sunday.

    Their message is "ease off the throttle, as speeding is a factor in half of all motorbike fatalities.

     

  • People are being urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today.

    Almost one thousand people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Christmas period last year.

    Gardai say 11 per cent of fatal road crashes involving drink happen the morning after a night out.

    Liz O'Donnell from the Road Safety Authority is advising motorists to be careful if they were out last night.

  • The Road Safety Authority and Irish Farmers Association are urging road users to take extra care, as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery is increasing on roads, as farmers and contractors undertake the first cut of silage.

    Motorists are being urged to be on the look-out for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting from fields and farmyards, and to expect the unexpected.

    Farmers and contractors are reminded that they are subject to all road traffic legislation, and their vehicles must be taxed, insured and roadworthy - including fully operational lights front and rear.

    Drivers of agricultural vehicles are also reminded to wash down the wheels regularly to avoid carrying mud and stones onto public roads, not to overload trailers causing them to be unstable on the road, and to look out for low bridges, overhanging trees, overhead cables and uneven road surfaces that could cause the load to shift and possibly overturn.

    ESB Networks has also issued a safety message today, reminding farmers and silage contractors of the risks associated with working near overhead electricity wires, as contact with live wires can be fatal.

     

  • The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Applegreen have teamed up again to help drivers to combat the effects of driver fatigue over this St Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend by providing free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm today (Friday) 16 March and Bank Holiday Monday (19 March).

    If you say ‘RSA’ to the till operator you can avail of a free coffee.

     This is the 6th year of this successful partnership which in 2017 saw over 10,000 cups of coffee handed out FREE! to tired drivers over four bank holiday weekends.

     It is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland. Furthermore, tiredness-related collisions are 3 times more likely to be fatal or result in a serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action.

     To combat the effects of driver fatigue, the RSA advises drivers to Stop, Sip, Sleep.

    By following that advice, the RSA say you should be able to drive for another hour or so. But remember the only cure for a chronic lack of sleep is sleep.

  • The Road Safety Authority says driving after a boozy brunch is just as dangerous as doing it after a night out.

    We're being told to take extra care this weekend after a 7 per cent rise in road deaths so far this year.

    90 people have been killed in crashes - with almost a third taking place on a Sunday.

    The RSA's Moyagh Murdock says the afternoon and early evening is now the most dangerous time to be travelling.

  • All driving tests scheduled to take place from tomorrow until March 29th have been suspended.

     

    Anyone who was due to take their test during this period will have it rescheduled free of charge.

     

    The RSA says it will make reasonable efforts to accommodate tests for the likes of emergency and essential service drivers.

     

    Scheduled Theory tests are not affected and will go ahead as planned.

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    Learner drivers are being urged to get off their permits and get a licence.

    There are 41,316 people on their fourth or subsequent learner permit for a car or B class licence - and of these, 8,663 are on their tenth or successive learner permit.

    A new campaign is being launched today by the Road Safety Authority and Gardaí, to encourage learner drivers to go ahead and book a driving test.

     

     

     

     


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  • Some driving tests have been cancelled this morning due to dense fog.

    The Road Safety Authority says that morning fog has caused disruption around the country.

    Morning tests have been cancelled at centres in Castlebar, parts of Galway, Carlow, Waterford, Clonmel, Cork and Limerick.

    The RSA says alternative driving tests will be arranged free of charge.

    Meanwhile, The AA is warning of very heavy traffic across the country this afternoon.

    It's the Friday before Christmas and hundreds of thousands of people are heading home for the holidays.

  • Ten people have died on roads in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon so far this year.

    Nationally, since the 1st January, 89 people have died on Ireland's roads, which is a 7% increase in fatalities compared to this time last year.

    Of the 89 fatalities, two people have died in road collisions this year in Mayo, 3 in Roscommon and 5 in Co Galway.

    The national figures published today by Garda and the Road Safety Authority show the highest number of fatalities to date this year were in Dublin, Tipperary and Cork.

    There's been an increase in the number of deaths among drivers and motorcyclists, while there's a reduction in fatalities among passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

    80 per cent of road deaths are now taking place in rural areas, while Sunday is the most dangerous day, followed by Friday.

    Meanwhile, Gardai are asking all road users to take extra care this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    With an increase in traffic over the long weekend, motorists are asked to slow down, always wear their seatbelts, never drink and drive and don't use mobile phones when driving.