Stay safe on roads this New Year

Gardai are urging motorists to use common sense and be respectful of other motorists and pedestrians over the New Year period.

Gardai are urging motorists to use common sense and be respectful of other motorists and pedestrians over the New Year period.

With bad weather expected in the coming days and lots of revellers set to head out to celebrate the New Year, gardai have stressed the need to be vigilant on our roads.

Icy conditions in recent days caught many motorists by surprise and with severe wind and rain promised into the weekend, gardai are warning motorists to slow down and ensure you leave plenty of space between yourself and the car in front. Icy conditions are expected over the weekend and motorists are warned to be careful of black ice.

“Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and slow down. That is key,” said a spokesperson for the gardai.

Pedestrians are also urged to ensure they are wearing proper reflective jackets and to carry torches when walking at night. If at all possible secure a lift to your destination and do not walk on the roads in extremely bad weather as oncoming motorists may not see you.

If you are heading out for the night leave your car at home and book a taxi or hackney to bring you home. Avoid walking home from the pub and ensure you have a lift from a designated driver, especially if you have drink taken. There has been a rise in the number of pedestrians who have been struck by vehicles on their way home from a night out. Advertising campaigns on national television are now urging people to be aware of the dangers of walking home after a night out, especially in rural areas.