Football fans urged to slow down

Galway and Mayo fans travelling to the big game in McHale Park are asked to drive with care.

The road safety officers from both counties have teamed up to deliver this road safety message: #get there-no regrets.

The officers are asking motorists and passengers to make a personal commitment to drive at appropriate and legal speeds in a bid to tackle concerns about speeding on roads. A special appeal will be made at the big match on Saturday for all the fans to drive with care.

Deirdre Caulfield, road safety officer at the Galway County Council, says on the pitch, speed is a necessity, but excessive and inappropriate speed on the road is not ‘fair play’.

"Apart from the obvious risk of causing injury and death, it also creates distress among other road users leading to people feeling unsafe as they walk or cycle on our roads.”

Counterpart Noel Gibbons from Mayo County Council, says speeding traffic is a prime concern in many communities.

"We want motorists to think about their speed and how it might affect others as they pass through our communities. Sometimes this might mean slowing down to a speed below that of the signed limit. We hope everyone takes note.

“We want people to drive safely this weekend. There will be a large volume of traffic on the roads for the game and we urge people to take care and to ensure that their trip to this great sporting occasion does not end in tragedy.”

Fans are being asked to use social media to get the message out there: #get there-no regrets.

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