Five year plan to cut Donegal road
A MAJOR five-year plan
to cut "preventable tragedies" caused by road
crashes was launched yesterday in Co Donegal.
The Donegal Road Safety Plan 2016-2021 aims to
improve road safety for all road users in the county
by harnessing a multi-agency approach involving
education and awareness; garda enforcement; road
engineering and evaluation of progress.
The plan is produced by the Donegal Road Safety
Working Group, an interagency group consisting of
Donegal County Council, Transport Infrastructure
Ireland, An Garda Siochana, Road Safety Authority,
Donegal Youth Service, Donegal ETB, Pro Social
Drivers Programme and the HSE Ambulance Service.
These agencies meet on a monthly basis to develop
and implement road safety initiatives and campaigns.
Some of the initiatives include promoting cross
border co-operation on road safety, continuing to
develop the road safety road show, review speed
limits in accordance with national guidelines and
legislation, high visibility enforcement targeting
errant road user behaviour, drink driving and the
non wearing of seatbelts.
At the launch of the Donegal Road
Safety Plan 2016 – 2021 at the County House, Lifford,
on September 19, 2016 were front from left: Seamus
Neely, Donegal County Council; Inspector Michael
Harrison, An Garda Siochana; Brian O’Donnell,
Donegal County Council; Cllr Terence Slowey,
Cathaoirleach and Philip Durcan, Transport
Infrastructure Ireland with members of the Donegal
Road Safety Working Group and Donegal County
Cllr Terence Slowey said: “Donegal County Council
has an important role to play in promoting road
safety and the Donegal Road Safety Plan 2016 to 2021
will focus on the reduction in road collisions
through Education, Enforcement, Engineering and
ongoing Evaluation. The plan also seeks to encourage
every member of the community to play their part in
reducing road collisions by taking responsibility
for their own behaviour as road users.
Garda Inspector Michael Harrison added: "Reducing
the number of deaths and injuries on Donegal’s roads
is a responsibility we all share. Enforcement of
road traffic laws will continue to play a critical
role in the new road safety plan as An Garda
Síochána seeks to ensure that fewer lives are lost
and serious injuries sustained as a result of
The Donegal Road Safety Working Group at their
monthly meeting will monitor the plan's progress and
"review indicators that will measure the activities
under each relevant objective".
The five-year plan can be downloaded under the
'Publications' section of