Gardai in Castlebar are advising that they will be 'red-carding' motorists who park dangerously or irresponsibly at tomorrow's GAA National League game in Castlebar between Mayo and Roscommon.A large turnout – possibly up to 15,000 – is expected for the game, under lights, between both sides at Elvery's MacHale Park.
The match has created significant health and safety concerns about supporters attempting to park on the hard shoulder of the N5 national primary route as it approaches Castlebar.
Fans leaving and returning to their vehicles, will be doing so under the cover of darkness.
The game has a 7 p.m. throw-in.
GardaI, the GAA and Mayo County Council have been consulting over the issue in the past week.
Garda Supt. Joe McKenna says parking by fans along the N5 is not recommended for health and safety reasons.
He said there will be ample free car parking for fans within the environs of Castlebar itself including the town's military barracks. He expressed concerns that many supporters do not wear reflective jackets. “They will be coming to town wearing hats and scarves. As it will be dark, visibility will be an issue. Not every motorist along the N5 on Saturday evening will realise there is a football match on.”
Supt. McKenna warned that any vehicle causing an obstruction or dangerously parked on Saturday evening will be towed away.
Additional gardai to enforce the stricter parking policy will be on duty for Saturday's game.
Mayo County Council’s Road safety officer Noel Gibbons says they are advising all fans who are attending the game to avail of official car parking spaces available which are highlighted on a map that is in circulation, and he says if you are walking please make yourself visible to other road users “