27 Jun 2022

Motorists urged to respect all road users and local communities during Rally

'Young drivers are unfortunately classed as high risk takers' - Inspector

Motorists urged to respect all road users and local communities during Rally

The Donegal Road Safety Working Group have issued a road safety appeal to everyone attending the Donegal Rally. People are being urged to take personal responsibility for their driving.

The Joule Donegal International Rally is an annual rally car championship and takes place in Donegal on June 17, 18 and 19, 2022. 

Inspector Seamus McGonigle said: "Young drivers are unfortunately classed as high risk takers and we are appealing to parents to make sure that their sons and daughters get sufficient driving experience and that the vehicles they are driving are road worthy.

He added:"Driving too fast, travelling at night, with passengers in the car, not wearing seatbelts, driving after taking alcohol or drugs, are often a lethal combination and young motorists are constantly taking risks behind the wheel. We need to stress how important the road safety messages are. High speed sport takes place in a controlled environment with all the protections in place. Unfortunately, there is a small minority who drive dangerously, have no interest in the rally and are putting their lives and the lives of other road users in danger”.

There have been 80 deaths to date in 2022, this is an increase of 33 when compared to the same period in 2021. It is also an increase of 16 on the same period in 2019, which is a more comparable year, pre Covid. On Donegal roads, 4 people have lost their lives to date in 2022, compared to 1 for the same period in 2021.

The Road Safety Officer for Donegal County Council, Brian O’Donnell, said: "Large numbers will arrive in Donegal to attend the rally and also to enjoy everything this magnificent county has to offer and we want to emphasise the importance of safety, both on the rally course and on the public roads. Followers of the rally need to be reminded to watch the stages from safety areas, always stay within the speed limits and reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination."

"We appeal to all rally fans to be cautious, use the road responsibly and be courteous to all road users. The Gardai will be out in force this weekend and we support them in taking a zero tolerance with anyone showing disregard for the rules of the road. It falls on every one of us to ensure our roads are safe for all road users. Please keep the race in its place”.

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