Road safety calls for St.Patrick’s weekend

Kildare county council and Kildare Gardai are urging road users to be extra cautious on the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

Kildare county council and Kildare Gardai are urging road users to be extra cautious on the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day brings additional traffic and pedestrians to the streets over the weekend, in particular on the festive day itself.

A number of parades and activities will take place on Saturday and Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh warns that this can pose as a danger to many people.

“Young pedestrians in particular become more vulnerable at such events.

“When you have parades or other outdoor activities taking place on the public road, pedestrians and in particular younger people become more exposed and vulnerable and I would ask all adults to ensure young and frail people are kept safe at all times and that drivers would be more alert and aware while passing big crowds.”

Garda Inspector Jim Doyle of Kildare Gardaí says the “St Patrick’s Bank holiday weekend draws closer we would urge people to be extra cautious on the roads.

“There will be extra enforcement of the Road traffic legislation particularly in relation to Drink driving, speeding and safety belts this weekend.

“Extra mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints will be conducted this weekend so we would urge people enjoying the festivities not the drink and drive.

“In addition we would urge people particularly in rural areas if you are walking the roads in hours of darkness to make sure traffic can see you, please use fluorescent jackets.”