New Christmas road
safety video – ‘You can’t turn back time’
THIS year has been a very
challenging year in many ways for everyone. It has also
been a year when too many people have lost their lives
on our roads. Gardaí are encouraging road users to watch
an emotive video to gain an understanding of the
challenges members of An Garda Siochana have to face
when dealing with the aftermath of a fatal collision.
The devastating moment a Garda knocks on a door after a
fatal road collision has been highlighted in a video
clip to better understand the real human impact of road
collisions and how we can work together to prevent
further needless tragedy on our roads. The video,
entitled ‘You can’t turn back time’ , depicts a scenario
in which a Garda delivers life-changing news to the
family of a road victim, killed in a collision caused by
either speeding, using a mobile phone while driving,
drink and drug driving or failing to wear a seatbelt.
It is hoped that the video
clip will impact on the behaviour of all road users in
Inishowen and Donegal and help to make our roads safer
by reducing the number of injuries and collisions.
Let’s hope it stops a Garda from having to deliver this
life changing message to families in Inishowen. To date
in 2020, 136 people have lost their lives on Irish
roads, 10 lives have been lost in Donegal.
Inspector Seamus McGonigle said “The sight of a Garda at
the front door can conjure up the most feared emotions.
The walk up somebody’s path, to someone you have never
met before and knowing that you are about to absolutely
destroy their whole world by telling them that the
person they love is not coming home. From that point
forward their lives are changed forever and Christmas
and special occasions will never be the same again”.
So going forward, take those extra couple of seconds to
check at junctions, for vehicles, pedestrians and
cyclists. Check your blind spot before you overtake and
whether it really is safe to do so. Don't drive after
drinking alcohol or taking drugs. It could save a life.