Mayo and Galway fans asked not to mark the car in front too tightly

Posted in Connect on July 3, 2019.

Two Connaught counties are competing in Limerick this Saturday, meaning thousands of Galway and Mayo GAA fans will be heading south to the Gaelic Grounds for their fourth round football qualifier. These fans are being given a special ‘drive safely’ message ahead of the weekend, MIND THE GAP and  ‘Don’t be a Space Invader’. Stay safe & stay back, that is the message from two local authorities today as it reveals the extent – and impact – of tailgating on the country’s major roads and motorways.

A recent survey of Irish motorists found that almost four in five drivers have noticed tailgating – another vehicle getting dangerously close to the rear of yours.

While Mayo goalkeeper, David Clarke, will be minding the gap between the goal posts, we are asking motorists to mind the gap on the road. A small minority of tailgating is deliberate but most is unintentional by drivers who are simply unaware they are dangerously invading someone else’s space.

So a safety campaign launched today is using the big match to alert drivers to the anti-social nature and risks of tailgating.

Mayo and Galway may be in direct opposition in the football showdown in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, but both Counties are united when delivering an important message to mind the gap, the players will do it on the field so drivers are asked to do it on the road.

“We want people to drive safely this weekend. There will be a huge volume of traffic on the roads for the game, and we urge people to take care and to ensure that their trip to this great sporting occasion does not end in tragedy,” said Noel Gibbons (Road Safety Officer of Mayo County Council) and An Garda Síochána.

“If you get too close to the car in front, you won’t be able to react and stop in time if they suddenly brake. Tailgating makes the driver in front feel targeted and victimised, distracting their attention from the road ahead and making them more likely to make a mistake.

It is intimidating and frightening if you’re on the receiving end. If that leads to a collision, then people in both vehicles could end up seriously injured or killed. We want everyone to travel safely, so the advice is – stay safe, stay back. We are advising people to keep a safe distance between them and the car in front them and asking drivers not to use of the mobile phones while driving,”

Mr. Noel Kelly, Western Regional Traffic Superintendent said “Firstly we want all fans to have a great day out ,we want all road users to change their behaviours and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.”

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