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Friday, 7th December 2018

Give the ‘Gift of a Lift’ this Christmas

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The Council's "Gift of a Lift" Christmas card - available to downlod for free from the Louth County Counci site.

Council's novel idea might just save a friend's life

Here’s a good idea from Louth County Council. To encourage people to get home safely this Christmas, they have launched their ‘Gift of a Lift’ road safety Christmas card campaign. 

The idea is that you commit to giving  a family member or friend one lift home or organise a taxi for them over the festive season using the specially designed ‘Here’s something that will give you a little lift this Christmas…’ cards. (see above).

Adrian O'Sullivan, The Council’s Road Safety Officer said: “The Christmas party season is getting into full swing and it's important to plan how we will travel to and from home, whether by appointing a designated driver, refraining from drinking or making other transport arrangements.” 

“Road users need to be extra careful at this time of year when roads are at their busiest and conditions can be dangerous.  It's not worth taking a chance on driving if you think you are over the legal limit. 

“I would appeal to everyone to ensure they have a safe and happy festive season and to take extra care when using the roads. Don’t let your actions spoil a good night out and bring tragedy to your family this Christmas.” 

The Gift of a Lift card is available to download free of charge by clicking here or you can collect them from any Louth County Council office, library branch or Motor Tax Office throughout the county.

We all know someone who is difficult to choose a Christmas present for, so why not give them The Gift of a Lift card and ensure they arrive home safe over the party season.

“Research has shown that between 2008 and 2012 alcohol was a factor in 38% of fatal crashes in Ireland. We have had six deaths on County Louth roads to date in 2018 which means six devastated families who will be spending their first Christmas without their loved ones.

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