Motorists urged to be mindful of significant increase in school going traffic in the coming days

Motorists are being reminded that there will be a significant increase in school going traffic in the coming days.

The Donegal Road Safety Working Group is appealing for motorists to slow down and pay attention when children are on the road, especially before and after school.

Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said, “Children are the most vulnerable of our road users so it’s really important that we teach them to be ‘streetwise’ about road safety. Always demonstrate good road safety behaviour as your child will learn from your example.

“If your child walks or cycles to school, take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going and how to use the roads and footpaths safely.

“If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is, to put their seatbelt on always.

“Show them how you put on your seatbelt any time you get into the car, no matter how short the journey and always demonstrate good, safe and responsible road behaviour.”

“While some of the most dangerous days of driving belong to summer, going back to school has its own set of perils for both students and motorists alike.

“Each one of us must play our part to help make the roads safe and look out for everyone who uses them. By exercising extra care and caution, we can make the roads safer for everyone,” said Mr O’Donnell.

Know the speed limit.

Put down the mobile phone.

Watch for pedestrians.

Drive slowly past parked cars.

Never overtake a school bus that is dropping off or picking up children.


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