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Friday, 15th March 2019

Arrive alive this Patrick’s weekend

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Kevin Darcy, from Castleknock, giving Garda Seamus Fitzgerald of Dublin Castle Traffic Corps a breath sample as part of the Road Safety Authority An Garda Siochana St. Patricks Bank Holiday weekend Appeal. Photo: Robbie Reynolds.

As Drogheda prepares to celebrate St Patrick’s weekend, Louth County Council’s Road Safety Officer, Adrian O’Sullivan, is encouraging everyone using the roads to act responsibly and to ‘Go dté tú slán’ (Arrive alive).

“Saint Patrick’s Festival is a period of national celebration and we want people to have fun, but we are reminding road users that everyone must do their part to help keep roads safe” said Adrian.  Louth County Council has the following advice for anyone planning to socialise this bank holiday weekend:

  • Never ever drink and drive. Any amount of alcohol impairs driving, so leave the car at home. Plan ahead for your journey home, whether by taxi, with a designated driver or public transport. 
  • Don’t walk home if you’re drunk, as almost a third of pedestrians killed on our roads have consumed alcohol. 
  • Don’t forget that you could still be over the limit the next morning, so take the necessary precautions. Approximately 1 in 10 drink driving arrests happen between 8am and 2pm so if you have had a heavy night out, leave the car at home.  
  • If you are a passenger remember to wear your seatbelt, as there is a close link between alcohol consumption and the non-wearing of seatbelts in fatal accidents. 

With many families out enjoying the festivities, everyone should be able to feel safe without the fear of meeting a driver that’s impaired, so this St Patrick’s weekend, do your bit to stop these drivers from putting lives at risk. If they don’t listen, phone your local Garda station or Garda Traffic Watch on lo-call number 1890 205 805 and report it - you might just save a life. 

This St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend, the Road Safety Authority have teamed up with Applegreen to help drivers combat the effects of driver fatigue by providing free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on both Friday 15 March and Monday 18 March at participating Applegreen service stations. To avail of a free coffee simply say ‘RSA’ to the till operator.

As at 15th March, 34 people have been killed on Irish roads in 2019. This represents an increase of five compared to the same period last year, when 29 people lost their lives. Fortunately there have been no fatalities in Co Louth to date and we hope with everyone taking responsibility for their actions on the road that this figure will not be added to over the bank holiday weekend. 

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit.

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