New road dangers with thaw - warn gardai
Gardai and the Road Safety Authority are warning drivers not to remain vigilant as the long-awaited thaw sets in. Following three road fatalities over the last few days, the organisations renewed their appeals yesterday for drivers to be extremely careful on the roads. Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive, RSA, said: "There is a danger that motoristswill be lulled into a false sense of security as conditions improve after the recent freezing conditions. However, roads right across the country remain extremely dangerous with lingering patches of snow and ice posing serious risks for all road-users.
"When the expected thaw sets in it will present even more challenges, with the main danger being from melting snow and ice. Slush will build up on the roads and they will become very wet, there may even be a risk of localised flooding. Combined with grit on the roads there will be an increased risk of skidding. Our advice to motorists is to continue to drive with extreme caution - don't assume that because the weather is improving, the road conditions are also improving. They're not, so please drive with care. We would also appeal to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to take extra care when using the roads."
Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, An Garda Sochna reminded road-users that the Garda will continue to have a presence on the roads despite the weather conditions: "Our role is to enforce road traffic laws to protect the people who use our roads. And we will continue to do this despite the weather conditions in order to keep people safe on the roads in what are extremely dangerous driving conditions. I would remind drivers in particular that since November 16, the new Safety Camera system has been in operation on roads with a history of speed related collisions. With less than three weeks to go to Christmas, I would appeal to all road-users to take extreme care when using the roads and make sure this festive season is free from grief and tragedy."
The RSA has prepared a helpful guide ‘Severe Weather Advice for Road Users' which you can download from the RSA's website which has useful advice on dealing with the difficult road conditions in all kinds of severe weather. Full information on www.rsa.ie.