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Young Driver Event

Mayo County Council - Road Safety Day
Jul 18 2007


young driver eventCasey's supported Mayo County Council's Road Safety Day on 15th July at Ballinrobe racecourse by supplying four cars for young drivers to test their driving skills around cones and maintaining a constant speed limit. Over 1,000 people attended the event which was a great success

The effects of road collisions are well documented - too many people are being killed on our roads or are being injured for life. Young people are particularly over-represented. They must begin to acknowledge that road accidents don't just happen. Mayo County Councils road safety officer hopes young people will learn from this event and think twice about the seriousness of safety when driving and the consequences of taking risks on the road."

The event involved the Gardai, paramedics, fire officers, civil defence, and representatives from various advanced driving companies.

The purpose of the event was to engage with this age group and get them to a venue to deliver a strong road safety message that speed kills.


Roadsafe Roadshow

AXA road safe roadshow  project made sure over 1000  of Mayo's teenagers are aware of traffic dangers before they get behind the wheel themselves after a weekend of carnage on its roads where two young men lost their lives on Mayo roads.

It contains hard-hitting road safety messages and they  was delivered to nearly 1000 teenagers at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on today 1st February 2007 when they view the AXA Insurance award-winning Roadsafe Roadshow for the first time. The event has been organized in conjunction with Mayo County Council, An Garda Siochana and the local emergency services.

“Unfortunately young drivers are those most at risk, which is why the emergency services and a whole range of other partners put so much effort into raising awareness among teenagers. We believe this is the biggest co-ordinated road safety campaign ever to be staged in Mayo and we hope the clear messages will stay with the teenagers long after the event has finished.” said Rod Tobin a  Paramedic in the ambulance service.

“The show realistically illustrates what happens all too often on our roads. I hope that after seeing the Roadshow the students understand that they are not indestructible; that it can and does happen to young people like them; and they must respect the roads and other users.

Cycling skills Day 2007


Over 150 schoolchildren  cycled  their way through the streets of Ballinrobe  Co. Mayo  in a novel road safety campaign.

Specially-trained garda cyclists will passed on road safety skills that could help to keep the children save and alive on the nation’s roads.

Each team was accompanied by a judge at the event on Thursday, June 14th, and tested on a wide range of cycling abilities.

The Irish Advanced Motorists (IAM) have stressed the importance of cycling safely warning that “cyclists don’t have steel armour round them like drivers do.”

The teams  consisted of three students over the age of ten. Complete with bicycle and helmet, they  manoeuvred their way through the traffic and utilise the lessons they have learned during cycling proficiency courses in their schools over the past year.

The event is being organised in association with the Mayo Gardai Siochana, Mayo Civil Defence, and Mayo Education Centre.

All Garda cars in Co. Mayo are to carry a stock of high-visibility vests

All Garda cars in Co. Mayo are to carry a stock of high-visibility vests to be given out to poorly-lit pedestrians and cyclists in a novel bid to reduce the county’s road death toll.

Under the new initiative – jointly promoted by Mayo County Council and An Garda Siochana - a total of 1,000 vests have been distributed to stations right around the county.

Gardai on mobile patrol will stop and hand out vests to pedestrians and cyclists who are not properly visible at night-time, according to Sgt Joe McKenna.

“It is crucial when using the road at night-time that you are seen. As always, we urge people to wear high-visibility vests, reflective bands, and carry a torch,” he said.

“Now we will also be carrying high-visibility vests in the Garda cars that our officers can give out to people they encounter on the road who are not properly lit up. It’s all part of trying to reduce the number of road deaths in the county.”

The vests have been distributed to stations in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport Garda divisions.

Sgt McKenna also warned motorists to be vigilant while driving on the road at night-time.

Said Noel Gibbons, Road Safety of Mayo County Council: “Already in 2007, 65 pedestrians and 13 pedal cyclists have been killed on roads around Ireland. We are delighted gardai are handing out the high-visibility vests because it helps to hammer home our Be Safe, Be Seen message.”

Road-users in Co. Mayo can obtain more details on road safety through the council’s dedicated road safety website –


World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims


International recording star Tommy Fleming, who broke his neck in a horrific road smash almost ten years ago, will this weekend perform at a special Mass to remember those who lost their lives on the road.

 “For years after my crash in 1998, I avoided the issue. I didn’t talk about it in the press much. But now I want to speak out because young lads in their late teens and early 20s are killing themselves in Ireland, and in many cases it’s down to stupidity,” said Fleming, who enjoys worldwide popularity as a solo performer.

“I don’t get it. I just don’t understand it. They are driving souped-up cars at speeds that the cars can’t handle, and every week we read about young men, in particular, losing their lives or seriously injuring themselves on our roads.”

Fleming will perform at a special ceremony at 12 mid day  Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, to remember people who have been killed and injured on the nation’s roads. He will be the guest singer at a Mass to coincide with the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims on Sunday next.

“We have to get the message out there. Speed is a huge problem. It needs to be highlighted,” added Fleming, whose fledgling career had to be put on hold when he crashed on his way to his native Sligo in 1998.

“I was lucky enough to walk away from my accident. I broke my neck, and it’s a miracle I’m able to walk again.

“There has to be a serious change of attitude among young people. They need to realise that it’s not cool to drive very fast. You just don’t have a hope when you crash at that kind of speed.

“I believe they should be greater emphasis on education. I don’t know how young people seem to be driving these very fast cars on their first Provisional Licence. It’s crazy what’s happening in Ireland at the moment.”

After his crash, Fleming somehow managed to walk two miles before being given a lift by a local couple. He didn’t realise he had any serious injuries until he was examined in Mayo Regional Hospital, Castlebar.

The Knock Shrine ceremony is being organised by Mayo County Council, whose Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said “we are delighted that Tommy has come on board to promote road safety, and he also speaks passionately about the matter. We need more and more people saying what he’s saying because we are losing too many people on our roads.”

The Mass will take place on Sunday at 12noon.

schools and parents put on alert

Schools and parents put on alert-
A campaign to help save lives on Co Mayo's roads is getting a seasonal boost with the Road Safety Santa Tour van making its way around the County starting Monday 10th December.
Mayo County Council's "Help Save  Lives" message will be reinforced by Road Safety Santa, who will be accompanied by a Garda motorcyclist calling to primary schools around Co.Mayo with road safety messages and goodie bags provided by a Mangan’s cash and carry .
Children are being encouraged to "be safe, be seen", while adults will be targeted with literature about driving using a mobile phone and not wearing a seat belt .
Mid-West local radio will pre-warn children and parents that Santa is in the area each morning and could call to any school so both parents and children should ensure they are wearing their seat belts and are on best behaviour while using the road.
Road safety officer Mr Noel Gibbons will be on hand with advice and information. “It is the minority of drivers, that still do not get the message that speed , alcohol ,fatigue, non-wearing of seatbelts  and driving using a hands held mobile phone, are putting lives at risk, we hope that these young students will bring home the message to their parents and older brothers and sisters and make this Christmas a memorable one for all the right reasons’’
The council said there were 31 fatal Collisions in Ireland in December 2006.
Santa said  "We are trying to raise awareness with children of the importance of wearing seatbelts and keeping safe on the roads especially when they have exciting things like Christmas occupying their minds."
‘’Dear friend , I care enough to wish you the following on the road
·       Buckle up
·       Be visible be seen
·       Slow Down
·       Be alert be alive
·       Be courteous and Considerate
Have a blessed festive season and a happy new year and arrive alive.’’