DONEGAL motorists have
been urged to take extra care on the roads as
children go back to school.
The council and Road Safety Working Group’s road
safety campaign, seeks to remind all motorists to
put child safety first when driving during the
school morning and afternoon rush hour.
In 2013, six children lost their lives across the
country. So far in 2014 the number of child
casualties is thirteen, already exceeding the total
number of child deaths in 2013.
“The first week of school is always a very busy time
on our roads and I encourage all road users to be
mindful that children will again be back making this
daily journey,” said road safety officer, Brian
“Children will be walking, cycling, travelling on
buses and being dropped off and picked up in cars,
so motorists need to be alert to their safety and
exercise the utmost caution."
Drivers are also urged to take extra care at school
warden crossings. "In order to carry out their
duties effectively they require the co-operation of
all road users," said a council spokesperson.
The spokesperson added: "If your child walks or
cycles to school, you are advised to take them on
the route in advance and make sure they know where
they are going. If they travel by car or bus, make
sure they know how important it is to keep their
seatbelt on at all times and remain seated until the
vehicle is parked safely at the drop off point.
Road safety information and resources are available
on request from Donegal County Council’s Road Safety