COUNCIL workers gritting roads are being subjected to aggressive and impatient behaviour by drivers. One local authority has now pleaded with all motorists to respect the workers carrying out the vital gritting or salting.
"Unfortunately some drivers are too impatient for their own good and think nothing of blowing their horn and dangerously overtaking the gritting trucks," said Mayo County Council road safety officer Noel Gibbons.
Mr Gibbons called on motorists to remain a safe distance behind working trucks and under no circumstances attempt to overtake a gritting truck. "Drivers should remember that if they overtake a gritting vehicle they will be faced with an untreated, dangerous roadway."
POLICE PROBE 'SUSPICIOUS' HOUSE FIRE
POLICE in the North are treating the death of a woman in a housefire in Newry, Co Down, as suspicious.
The blaze was reported to police late on Saturday and the scene at Georges Lane was been sealed off. "It is believed that the body of a woman was found in the house," said a spokesman. "At this stage, police are treating the fire as suspicious."
CHEMICAL SHIP'S ENGINES FAIL
A cargo vessel with chemicals destined for Aughinish Alumina plant outside Limerick last night developed engine failure about 100 miles west of Loop Head.
Tug boats were being dispatched to help the stricken vessel and bring it into Shannon.
The Corpus Christi vessel was on its way to Ireland from the United States.