50 people have died on the Republic's roads so far in 2022
The Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is urging all road users to act responsibly when travelling on roads here over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, as there will added risks to drivers because of the volume of traffic.
Over the Easter holiday period many people will set out to visit family and friends, some making long journeys.
Remember that everyone is in the same position as you. Don’t get frustrated if you are stuck behind slow moving traffic, be patient and ensure that you arrive at your destination safely, the DRSWG said.
To date this year, 50 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, with one person having lost their life 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. We must be mindful that any mistake on the road can lead to very serious consequences for everyone involved.
"This weekend brings added risks as more people are using the roads, so please be extra vigilant about your safety and the safety of others.
"With the extra traffic, journey times will increase and we therefore appeal to everyone travelling long distances, to leave in plenty of time to get to their destination, plan their route, take their time and be well rested before setting out on their journey. We want everyone to enjoy the Easter Bank Holiday weekend without fear of meeting a driver speeding, impaired on either drugs, alcohol or both.
"Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by choice and is an incredibly selfish and dangerous thing to do, not only are you putting your own life at risk, you are also putting other lives at risk.
"To avoid becoming a statistic and leaving behind a devastated family, 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 drive within 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 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.
· Drive with dipped headlights on. No matter what time of the day or night, always make sure you are visible to other road users.
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