Mayo Road Safety Officer

  • A “Drive Safer and for Longer” event takes place at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris this morning, and is fully booked out.

    The event is being organised by Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office and Mayo’s Older People’s Council, and will run from 9.30am to 1pm.

    The course is aimed at giving reassurance to drivers over the age of 50, helping them to improve and update their driving skills, and provide advice on changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs.

  • While traffic volumes are down on Mayo roads due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Mayo's Road Safety Officer says "fewer people on the roads doesn't mean we should be any less careful".

    Roads across the county are generally quieter since the lockdown began on 27th March, although there's an increase in the number of people out cycling, while many people are out walking during the good weather.

    Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons says they're witnessing an increase in speed, as drivers are travelling on quieter than usual roads, but he warns that such actions can have fatal consequences.

    50 people have lost their lives on Ireland's roads to date this year, while many more road users are seriously injured each year - most of whom require hospital treatment, putting added pressure on health care workers.

    Noel Gibbons says it's important that HSE staff and the emergency services are able to concentrate all their efforts on coronavirus, so it's crucial that we take care when using the roads.

    He says the "Share the Road" campaign urges all road users to only travel when absolutely necessary, always drive at an appropriate speed, take extra care in housing estates where children are playing,  always wear a seatbelt, never use a mobile phone behind the wheel, never drive under the influence of drink or drugs, and be aware that the roads are still open to vehicles.

  • Motorists are advised to take due caution and to slow down on roads across the region this morning.

     A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in operation until midnight tonight nationally, but areas of the west and northwest appear to be the worst affected so far.

    The Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons is asking drivers to be particularly careful driving in and on hailstones. He told Midwest News that a number of minor traffic incidents have occurred across the county in these conditions this morning.

    Power outages are also being experienced across the region, with about 200 ESB customers in the Achill area without a supply since about 8.15 this morning due to a fault on the line. The estimated restoration time is about 12 noon.

    Areas of Clifden and Carraroe in Galway are also without a supply this morning , and a major power outage occurred for a short time in the Bellacorrick area of north Mayo just after 8am this morning with 5,000 households affected  - but it was restored again about a half an hour later.

  • As Father's Day approaches this Sunday, Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office is asking people to consider buying the father a practical gift reminding him to stay safe on the roads.

    Instead of the usual gifts of socks or CDs, they're urging people to consider buying their Dad a gift such as advanced driving lessons, a bicycle helmet, high-visibility clothing, a car safety kit or a voucher towards the purchase of a car service.

    The Mayo Road Safety Office is also urging fathers to exercise care and caution towards other road users at all times, and - as a parent - to think about the example you're setting your children when you sit behind the wheel.

  • As Lent gets underway today, motorists are being urged to make small changes and given up their bad driving habits for Lent.

    Mayo County Council's Road Safety office says, rather than giving up chocolate or crisps, giving up bad habits such as speeding and tailgating could save lives.

    34 people have died on Irish roads so far this year - that's 10 more than this time last year, according to Gardai.

    Speeding, texting while driving or using the phone, driving without a seatbelt, and driving too close to other vehicles are some of the bad habits that drivers could give up, according to the Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons.

    He also says an increasing problem in Mayo is drivers failing to stop at the Stop signs at junctions.

  • Mayo County Council's road safety office has issued an appeal to those contesting the upcoming election, over election posters.

    With strong winds forecast over the coming days, the road safety office is urging candidates not to hang banners and posters from road over-bridges and pedestrian bridges, as they could become loose, or be interfered with by third parties, and could fall onto fast-moving traffic.

    Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons also says there's a safety issue connected to the erection and removal of posters, and people erecting the posters are urged to wear Hi Viz clothing.

    Mr Gibbons says a build-up of election posters can often have a negative impact on road safety, and election posters should not block other road signs, directional signs, Stop or Yield signs or traffic light poles.

  • Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Officer has issued a warning over a Snapchat challenge in the UK, which has seen children hanging off the edge of bridges.

    Police officers were called to bridges across Greater Manchester in recent days, after concerned motorists called to report kids hanging off the edge. It emerged the school children were trying to impress friends on Snapchat.

    Police say it’s a Snapchat challenge to post pictures leaning over bridges, and have appealed to parents to help nip this trend in the bud.

    While there haven’t been any reports of similar incidents here in Ireland, Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says it’s usually the case that any such challenges on social media don’t take long to spread to Ireland.

    He’s appealing to parents of young teenagers to highlight this type of behaviour, which he says is “an accident waiting to happen”.

  • Motorists are being urged to check their car batteries before returning to work/ getting on the road today  amid a warning that many could be flat after the festive break.

    It is predicted that today will be one of its busiest days for breakdown recovery in 2019 due to a surge in flat batteries.

    Over the Christmas break many cars get left unused. That causes the output of the battery to drop which, especially for old batteries, can mean they don’t have the power to turn the engine over.

    If your car has been left sitting idle or has done mostly short, stop-start journeys, the battery’s charge will likely be depleted.

    Noel Gibbons road safety officer with Mayo county council said “Ideally, trickle charge the battery or, if possible, take it out before You head back to work for at least half an hour to boost it.”

  • Driver inattention and congestion can be major causes of crashes.

    Mayo County Council is warning drivers to take care this Friday the 13th, as previous British Medical Journal research shows it's not a good day on the roads.

    Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says people often aren't concentrating enough on the last day of the working week.

  • Large signs of Mrs Doyle - the character played by Pauline McLynn who played the character in the iconic Fr Ted series -  are being erected across Co Mayo once again this week, to remind drivers and motorcyclists to freshen up by taking a break, and to think about the consequences of driving while tired.

    The initiative is being organised by the Mayo County Council Road Safety office in association with the Gardai, ahead of the busy August Bank Holiday weekend.

    The campaign is called "Go On, Go On, Take A Break" - and some of the road signs of Mrs Doyle will be located at or near some Corrib Oil service stations.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says the August Bank Holiday weekend is one of the busiest and deadliest weekends on Ireland's roads, and he says he cannot underestimate the importance of stopping for a break for a cup of tea or coffee, as fatigue is a serios killer.

    He's urging motorists to take regular breaks when driving long distances, share driving where possible, and never ignore the warning signs of fatigue.


  • People getting less than 7 hours sleep are more likely to be involved in road collisions.

    A new study shows the risk is greatest for drivers who've slept for less than four hours.

    Researchers found that drivers getting less than 4 hours sleep were 15 times more likely to be responsible for a car crash, compared to those getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours sleep.

    Driver fatigue contibutes to 1 in 5 deaths on Ireland's roads.

    Concerns are being raised about the risks associated with "fatigued" delivery drivers ahead of the busy Christmas period, starting with Black Friday.

    The Mayo Road Safety Office says exhausted delivery drivers could pose a road safety risk over the coming weeks, as thousands of staff work long hours to cope with the rush of online orders for the festive season.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says driving while tired reduces the ability to concentrate and be vigilant.

    He says this applies, not just to fleet drivers, but to people who stay up at night shopping on line to get early bargains ahead of Black Friday, and are driving early the next day.

  • A yellow weather warning has been issued nationwide as high winds are set to batter the country over the coming days.

    A weather system, expected to be named Storm Callum, will hit Ireland tomorrow night.

    People have been urged to prepare for severe weather heading into the weekend as the effects of Hurricane Leslie, which is further to the south, will also be felt.

    Last night, Met Éireann updated its weather warning to yellow across the country, with risks of damaging gusts, especially along the west and northwest coast.

    There are also risks of coastal flooding, and the warning is in place from 11pm tomorrow night until 9pm on Saturday night.


    Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office is calling on householders to pack up their garden furniture and trampolines ahead of the stormy weather expected this weekend.

    Trampolines in particular can take to the skies in gale force winds, and Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons is advising people to dismantle their trampoline for the Winter period and put it into storage.

    Bikes, wheelie bins and anything kept outside that could get damaged by stormy weather should be secured or stowed away where possible.

    The Road Safety office is also urging motorists to prepare for challenging driving conditions over the coming days, as gale force winds make it more difficult to control a vehicle, while heavy rain can greatly increase stopping distances.

    Drivers should also be on the lookout for vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.