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Stay cautious on your staycation urge Clare gardaí

GARDAÍ in Clare are urging people to stay cautious on their staycation. With holiday makers looking forward to a summer break at home, the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána have launched a campaign urging road users to ensure that they stay safe on the road.
“We want people to enjoy their summer holidays. If you are planning a staycation, please ensure you plan your journey in advance, take frequent breaks and do not allow any distractions while driving. Ensure everyone in your vehicle is wearing their safety belt and make sure all children are in a suitable safety seat,” says Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks.
“Be mindful of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and motor cyclists. Park safely and legally when visiting beaches, beauty spots as well as other public amenities. Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as forcing pedestrians to walk on busy roads. It is important to ensure that emergency services can gain access to all these areas at all times.”
She further advises, “Ensure property or valuables are not left visible in cars or other vehicles and also ensure that your vehicle is secured when leaving it. We are also asking drivers to ensure that any luggage or equipment loaded onto the roof rack of a car is strapped down securely and if using bicycle racks, make sure they don’t obstruct the rear lights on your vehicle, and use a lighting board.”

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