Tuesday 6 December 2016

GAA plans road safety campaign for players

Stephen Maguire

Published 03/08/2010 | 05:00

THE GAA in Co Donegal are investigating claims that young players are risking their lives by driving recklessly to and from matches.

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GAA chiefs are worried about a repeat of last month's horrific road crash in Inishowen which claimed the lives of seven young men in one car.

County Secretary of the GAA in Donegal, Mairtin O Fearraigh, said there was a problem with young drivers speeding on the way to games and training, and that the GAA had launched an investigation.

"I have received a number of calls from different clubs in the county about the driving habits of young players," he said.

Mr O Fearraigh said cases of dangerous driving were widespread in GAA clubs across the county.

One of the first responses has been to set up a campaign to educate young GAA players.

"We have to use the GAA grassroots to drive home the (road safety) message," he said.

The campaign, entitled 'Live To Play', will feature a number of high-profile GAA stars, including Kevin Cassidy and Karl Lacey, who will speak about the dangers of driving.

The motto of the no-nonsense campaign is, 'A mistake on the pitch might cost you the game. A mistake on the road can cost you your life.'

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