‘Roads may be quieter, but the speed limit is the same’ – that’s the message from the road safety office of Mayo Co Council and An Garda Siochana.
With reduced traffic during the coronavirus outbreak, An Garda Siochana and Mayo County Council have warned that some motorists have been tempted to drive too fast.
“You would really think speeding would decrease during this time but unfortunately it seems to be on the increase,” said Sgt James Malone, of the Roads Policing unit. He said the “absolutely reckless” speeds could result in deadly crashes, adding a “massive strain on our emergency services at a time when they are under stress already”.
“We can all take responsibility for our own personal safety as a road user and reduce the potential for being involved in a road crash. This, in turn, will reduce the pressure on our partners in the ambulance and fire service but most of all, our colleagues in the HSE who are stretched to the limit and working so hard to save the lives of those with Covid,” Sgt Malone added.
Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council urged people to only travel when necessary.
“During the coronavirus outbreak, emergency services and the HSE are facing immense pressure – being tempted to speed now risks additional strain on services if there’s an accident,” he said. “We urge all road users to follow Government guidance during the outbreak and stay at home: only travel if absolutely necessary. But if you do have to travel, always drive, or ride, within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to road conditions.”