Mayo and Donegal football managers have kick-started a campaign to encourage motorists to watch their speed and be aware of driver fatigue. The football managers took time out from preparation for Sunday's big game to show their support for Mayo and Donegal county councils’ You Snooze You Lose campaign, which aims to bring down traffic speeds on our roads and make motorists aware of driver fatigue, as the big game takes place over one of the busiest bank holiday weekends on the roads.
The campaign asks motorists and passengers to make a personal commitment to drive at appropriate and legal speeds in a bid to tackle concerns about driver fatigue/speeding and a special appeal will be made at the big match on Sunday for all the fans to drive with care.
James Horan, Mayo's football manager, said: “On the football pitch, players need speed and to be well rested—but excessive and inappropriate speed or tired drivers on the road is not 'fair play'. Apart from the obvious risk of causing injury and death, it also creates distress among local residents leading to people feeling unsafe as they walk, cycle, or drive on our roads. I am proud to support this worthwhile campaign, and I hope that local people will to help to make their communities safer places.”
Noel Gibbons, road safety officer, Mayo County Council, said: “We want all road users to change their behaviours and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.”
Jim McGuinness, Donegal's manager added: “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 and thinks road safety when using the roads.”
You Snooze You Lose is co-ordinated by Mayo and Donegal’s county council's road safety officers as part of their road safety education and casualty reduction strategy.