As the county prepares for a huge influx of motor sport enthusiasts for this weekend’s Donegal International Car Rally, a Garda chief warned yesterday that the force would be “taking a hard line” against road traffic offenders.
“We are advising everyone to take extra care and to obey the rules of the road. We do not want loss of life and I would urge those following the rally to obey the stewards and rally marshals,” said Garda Road Safety Officer, Inspector Michael Harrison.
“We will have the usual Garda operation in place over the weekend but we would appeal to people following the rally and indeed everyone on the roads not to be engaging in ridiculous behaviour. They should obey the rules of the road or they will be dealt with harshly. We will be taking a hard line on offenders,” the Garda representative insisted.
The comments were echoed by Donegal Road Safety Officer, Eamon Brown who said that because of the increased traffic on the roads over the weekend, an extra focus should be centred on road safety.
“Drivers should be heed the warnings and take into account other road users. The message is leave it to the professionals this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Letterkenny Town Council chairman, Gerry McMonagle said this week that safety concerns were particularly relevant given the loss of life in the recent Cavan rally when two people were killed.
“We’ve also had fatalities in Donegal in previous years and I would urge spectators to listen to the stewards. It’s the minority who put lives in danger.
“It only takes one bad mistake and we could have a disaster on our hands. I would appeal to all motorists and spectactors to behave responsibly,” said the Town Mayor.