road safety

  • Drivers are being urged to put away their mobile phones when driving this Easter weekend, as new figures show that almost 5,000 drivers were caught by Gardai holding their phone while driving in the first 2 months of this year - an increase of 24% on the same period last year.

    The Road Safety Authority has expressed concern at the figures, and say using a mobile phone while driving makes a motorist four times more likely to crash.

    Gardai have also issued a road safety message ahead of Easter, appealing to motorists to slow down, always wear seatbelts, be well-rested and never drink and drive.

    Last Easter, two people were killed and 14 seriously injured over the Bank Holiday weekend, and Superintendent Noel Kelly of the Western Regional Traffic Unit is urging motorists to take extra care and plan ahead for the long weekend.

  • A road safety advocate who lost his sister in a crash five years ago is urging the public to reduce their speed this Easter weekend.

    Neil Fox whose sister Donna was killed after being struck by a truck in Dublin in 2016 says not only does it end one life but it also affects so many others.

    Today is April Fools Day, and as part of a road safety campaign, motorists in Mayo can expect to see life-sized cardboard cut-outs of a Garda with a speed gun at roads across the county, with the message "Don't be fooled -speed kills and focus on your driving".

    The initiative is the work of Mayo County Council, supported by Gardai, to remind motorists of the need to drive within the speed limit.

    Neil says we are all more vulnerable on the roads than we realise, and equally so we have more power to promote and ensure safer road conditions than we imagine.

    He has been telling his story to Midwest News today.

  • A design team have drawn up plans to with safety concners at Gortacurra Cross near Cong in south Mayo.

    That was confirmed by local Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O’Brien.

    Cllr O’Brien says while he welcomes the upgrade works that have taken place on the R345 road, many local residents had raised concerns about safety at Gortacurra Cross.

    He says that a design has been drawn up for it and some funding has been made available.

  • 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.

  • The Gardai are appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    There will be an increase in traffic volumes on the country’s roads, with festivals and events due to take place over the course of the long weekend and therefore an increase in Garda patrols and checkpoints.

    The Gardai are advising that there will be a road safety campaign in place which will include checks for driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to wear seatbelts, use of mobile device, dangerous or careless driving and proper lighting of vehicles.

    The objective of this campaign is to reduce road collisions, save lives and reduce injuries and to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding on roads.

  • Gardai are appealing to road users to take extra care when using the roads this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Gardai say there will be an increase in the number of people using the roads with various events taking place and the start of the school holidays for secondary school students.

    A Bank Holiday Enforcement Campaign will be in place, with Garda resources deployed with the aim of increasing compliance among road users and improving overall road safety.

    There will again be particular emphasis on inappropriate speed, drink/drug driving, seatbelts and faulty tyres.

    Noel Kelly is the Regional Roads Policing Superintendent and has been telling Angelina Nugent that there will be additional checkpoints in operation this weekend.

  • 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.

  • With the silage season almost in full swing,  the ICMSA is appealing for all rural road users to be aware of extra tractors and machinery on roads over the next six weeks or so.

    With agricultural machinery getting bigger over the years, it's important that all roads users take extra care in the coming weeks - particularly on narrow rural roads.

    Denis Drennan, Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm & Rural Affairs Committee, says farmers and contractors should be mindful of other road users, while motorists need to leave extra time to reach their destination in case they get stuck behind machinery.

    Speaking with Midwest News, he said all road users need to take extra precautions to ensure silage can be harvested safely without any road collisions.

  • A spokesperson for Mayo County Council has told Midwest News that their gritting crews will be on stand-by this weekend to deal with the hot weather’s impact on the tar.

    Martina Hughes, Head of Communications said so far this week, crews have been busy gritting the worst affected areas and they will continue to do so over the course of the weekend.

    Motorists are asked to exercise caution when travelling in the hot weather.

    Ms Hughes also reminded people to be mindful of the Met Eireann Weather warnings in place, householder, farmers and businesses are asked to avoid un-necessary use of water to prevent any weather-related shortages and encourage people to take extra care in the water and exercise caution at all times.

    Motorists are also advised to keep their windshields clean, adjust your speed when driving in the sun and understand that other drivers may also slow down significantly, or even stop suddenly due to sun glare.

    Continue to use your headlights, even on very bright days and look after animals and never leave dogs unattended in vehicles during the hot weather.

    Another heatwave related issue is forest and gorse fires. Mayo County Council’s Fire Department is warning people not to light fires, that also includes camp fires and bonfires, either intentionally or accidently during the extremely dry weather.

  • Leprechauns are taking to social media to help promote road safety this St Patrick's weekend.

    Cut-out selfie boards are being set up all around County Mayo to remind people not to risk drinking and driving.

    The council's Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons told Midwest News today that he hopes the selfie boards will resonate with drivers.

  • Minister Michael Ring has confirmed that an additional €107,000 has been approved for Robeen Crossroads in Hollymount.

    Minister Ring says this funding is in additional to €175,000 allocated for works at that location in January 2018.

    The funding will be used to continue safety works which were carried out at Robeen Crossroads this year. There have been a number of very serious accidents at this junction in recent years.

    Minister Ring says the funding will help to improve safety for motorists at this location.

  • The Mayo Stages Rally takes place around Castlebar this Sunday, with hundreds of motorsport fans expected in the county town for the event, which returns after an 11-year gap.

    The Mayo rally is part of the new season of the National Rally Championship, and features four national rally champions, while there's also local involvement in the event.

    The Mayo Road Safety Working Group is urging rally fans to respect other road users.

    Councillor Damien Ryan, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council's Roads & Transportation special policy committee, says these events unfortunately attract a small number of boy and girl racers, and says it's important to promote road safety to this "at-risk" group who follow the sport.

    Councillor Ryan says the Mayo stages rally is a very popular event, but is urging those attending to watch the stages from safety areas, and to obey the instructions of the stewards on duty.

  • “Don’t hurt the one you love” is the message contained in a Valentine’s card which will be distributed to students at the Mayo campus of GMIT this Wednesday.

    Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office is leading the campaign, which reminds young drivers to slow down, wear a seatbelt, and to refrain from using their mobile phone when driving.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says many young passengers become victims of road collision while driven by their boyfriends, and he wants this Valentine’s Day campaign to encourage young male drivers to keep their partners safe by driving carefully.

    Liam Deasy, President of the GMIT Mayo Campus Student’s Union, says they will be distributing the Valentine’s cards to students this Wednesday….