Thursday 23 March 2017

GAA plans road safety campaign for players

Stephen Maguire

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

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.'

Irish Independent

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