GAA plans road safety campaign for players
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.
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.'