Kildare drivers warned against alcohol and phone use

MOTORISTS who use their mobile phone while driving came under fire at the launch of the Christmas road safety campaign at Piper’s Hill College, Naas, on Friday last.

MOTORISTS who use their mobile phone while driving came under fire at the launch of the Christmas road safety campaign at Piper’s Hill College, Naas, on Friday last.

“Think Before You Drink” is the theme of this year’s campaign which is being promoted by Kildare County Council and local garda.

Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh said this year’s campaign hopes to put the onus back on the driver.

“Everyone is aware of the risks associated with drinking and driving, but not many realise that even one drink can cause the same effect on a driver.

“We are appealing to drivers to think before they drink, and this means think about how you will get home tonight, think what it would be like if you were stopped by a Garda and breathalysed, arrested or convicted, and think of what might happen or what you might lose, and this could mean your respect, your dignity or even your job, all for the sake of a gamble to drink and drive”

Other road safety hazards such as the use of mobile phones, driving without wearing a seatbelt and speeding are also targeted.

Garda Inspector Jim Doyle said: “People seem to be able to text almost blindfolded now, and when a person is using a mobile phone, their attention is taken off the road.”

- Paul O’Meara