Kerry and Mayo councils join forces on safety

THEIR footballers might be deadly rivals on the pitch but Kerry County Council and Mayo County Council have joined forces ahead of Sunday’s big match for an important road safety campaign.

With a huge crowd expected to descend on Killarney for the big occasion, the two local authorities are reminding passengers to be proactive and to act responsibly if the person behind the wheel is driving dangerously or putting other road users at risk

“As important as subs are on a football team, so do passengers play an important role in road safety. Being a backseat driver could save your life.

“If a driver violates traffic rules, a passenger should not be afraid to draw it to the driver’s attention. Drivers should be aware that they are responsible for passenger safety,” said Michelle Mullane of the Roads Directorate with Kerry County Council.

So far this year, 10 passengers have been killed on Irish roads out of a total of 79 people who have lost their lives on the roads.

“We don’t want to add to those figures this weekend,” said Michelle.

Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council asked: “Of course it’s hard to speak out when it’s someone close to you that’s driving poorly, but if you don’t, then who will?

Both local authorities are urging passengers and all motorists to be conscious of the dangers of speeding, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue, alcohol and drugs and distraction

In a joint statement the councils said: “A passenger could influence a positive outcome on every one of those contributory factors to accidents. Both local authorities are wishing all those travelling to Sunday’s game a very safe and enjoyable day”

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