AHEAD of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, the Donegal Road Safety Working Group is urging all road users to act responsibly when travelling on the roads during the holiday period. To date this year, 38 people have died on Irish roads and four people have tragically lost their lives on Donegal roads.
Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said: “As we head into the Easter Bank Holiday weekend I would appeal to all road users to play their part in keeping our roads safe. This Easter weekend many families will be travelling on our roads, and I want to urge all road users to make safety their number one priority. Nothing is more important than the safety of the people who travel on our road network. Too often drivers think it will not happen to them, which is not true. It only takes one driver who is reckless, to cause a collision on the road. We want to urge all drivers to be respectful of others, do not take chances on the roads, and to think of the consequences of your actions. Above all, we want everyone who is on the road during this Easter period to arrive at their destinations safely, and to return safely afterwards. Responsibility must fall on each and every road user”.
Here are some essential road safety tips:
- Always wear a seatbelt and ensure that your passengers do so also. Ensure that car seats for children are installed and used correctly.
- Never drink or drug drive. Not only is your ability to react severely impaired but so are your decisions and judgements. You may kill other road users, your passengers – and yourself.
- Avoid driving if you are fatigued. If you find yourself battling to keep your eyes open‚ find a safe place to stop and rest‚ or let another driver takeover.
- Always obey the speed limit. When the unexpected happens on the road – the speed that you’re travelling at matters. Your speed decides the outcome. Slow Down.
- Avoid being distracted by mobile phones. The use of a mobile phone while driving is illegal and extremely dangerous. Do not use a mobile phone while driving.
- Pedestrians, Cyclists & Motorcyclists. Always be seen by wearing high viz or reflective clothing.
- Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy. Service your vehicle at regular intervals and ensure that your vehicles tyres are safe and in a roadworthy condition.
- Maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front and keep a safe stopping distance.
- If you break down, turn the hazard lights on immediately. Do not get out of the car unless it is safe to do so.
- Switch on your lights. No matter what time of the day or night, always make sure you are visible to other road users.
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