Mayo Road Safety

  • Over 1600 teenagers from across Co Mayo attended a road safety event in Castlebar today, where graphic crash imagery was used to tell the story of how a night out ended in tragedy and permanent disability for one driver.

    The AXA Road Safety Show is held annually at Breaffy House Hotel to highlight to teenagers the tragic consequences of dangerous driving.

    The students heard from ambulance personnel and Gardai who respond to road collisions, medical staff who deal with the victims of road crashes, a funeral undertaker, a family member of a deceased accident victim and a car crash survivor.

    Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says too many young people are being killed or seriously injured on our roads, and he hopes young people attending today's roadshow will think twice about the safety when driving, and realise the consequences of taking risks on the road.



  • As Storm Lorenzo approaches Ireland, counties along the West and Southern coasts will be the worst affected.

    The effects of Storm Lorenzo will begin to be felt across Ireland from midday tomorrow, peaking tomorrow night and easing Friday morning - it's expected to be a powerful storm, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and high seas.

    Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Galway, Clare Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

    The orange warning comes into effect from 6pm tomorrow evening until 3am Friday morning, with gusts of up to 130 km/hour - higher in coastal regions.

    Met Eireann says the storm surges will produce coastal floods and damage.

    A less severe yellow wind warning and a yellow rain warning has been issued for the entire country, from 9am tomorrow morning until 6am on Friday morning.

    Mayo's Road Safety Office is urging motorists to slow down when the storm hits, as high winds are likely to cause debris on already-wet roads.

    Householders are urged to store away garden furniture, trampolines and wheelie bins ahead of the high winds, and people are also asked to check on elderly neighbours during the storm.

    The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group has been meeting again this morning to discuss nationwide preparations for the expected arrival of Storm Lorenzo tomorrow.

  • Students and parents are being reminded again this week of the importance of road safety around school buses and particularly wearing bright clothing going and waiting at the school bus stop.

    The reminder comes as part of a campaign by Mayo Road Safety Working Group to coincide with the dark winter mornings.

    Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O’Brien raised the issue recently at a Road Safety Working Group and said he wants to see students step up a gear in terms of what they wear to make sure they are visible at this time of year on roads.

    He says those who make their way to and from bus stops in particular in rural areas, should be especially aware of the dangers.

    Cllr O’Brien says he would ideally like to see designated areas where parents/guardians can park in a safe area to pick up or drop off students from buses.

  • Ahead of Mayo Day this Saturday, schools across the county will take part in the My Green and Red Thumb day tomorrow.

    This is a road safety campaign, designed to raise awareness of the risks of distraction from using a mobile phone while on roads and streets.

    Traditionally, people have put a string on their finger to remind themselves of something - and this original idea for this campaign came from a driver who painted his thumb nail red to remind him not to use his phone while driving - every time he saw his red nail, he was reminded of the message.

    Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal road collisions in Ireland, and the Mayo Road Safety Office is urging drivers not to use their phones while driving.

    Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says drivers who use their phones are four times more likely to crash, killing or injuring themselves or others.

    He's calling on people across Mayo to show their support for this event by painting your thumb red and green and posting a picture of it on social media to highlight the dangers of using a phone while on the road.

    Schools will get involved by flying the Green & Red flag tomorrow, wearing the Mayo jersey and painting their thumbs green and red, while workplaces are also embracing the campaign.

    Meanwhile, Mayo communities worldwide are planning events to celebrate their Mayo heritage on Saturday - the 7th annual Mayo Day.



  • Road Safety Rules in School – Radio Competition


    Midwest Radio in association with the Road Safety Authority and Mayo County Council are pleased to announce the ‘Road Safety Rules in Schools’ competition. The competition is running for both National and Secondary Schools.

    The winning National school will receive a cash prize of €1,000 for their school and their winning video will be shared on the social media outlets of Mayo County Council and Midwest Radio.
    The winning Secondary school will receive a cash prize of €2,000 for their school and their winning video will be shared on the social media outlets of Mayo County Council and Midwest Radio.

    You can hear more about the competition from Noel Gibbons when he joined Tommy Marren to launch the competition and details of how to enter, below

    To enter:

    What to do?
    Schools are required to submit an innovative 40 second video on one of the following road safety themes:

    • Speeding
    • Seat belts
    • Safe parking outside the school gate
    • Mobile phones
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
    • Driver fatigue
    • Sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists

    What format?

    It’s simple to enter so here is what you have to do

    • Choose a road safety theme based on any of the themes outlined above
    • Organise your class or individuals in your school to discuss how your 40 second VIDEO will look
    • Record the video and be as imaginative as you like!
    • Your video can look like a TV commercial, a short movie-like clip or whatever else you think will get a strong message across by way of Video
    • Remember to keep your entry to no longer than 40 seconds
    • Your Video should appeal to road users and encourage safe road-user behaviour
    • Email the Video and the application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Make sure when submitting your entry to clearly state the name of your school and a contact name and number
    • Make sure to submit your entry no later than Friday November 30th, 2018

    The winning entry to this competition will be announced on the Tommy Marren Show on Friday December 7th at 10.30 am