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All-Ireland football fans urged to drive with care to Croke Park

FOOTBALL fans have been urged to drive with care this weekend following the All-Ireland senior finals in Croke Park.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) said that people should use public transport if possible, and never drink or drive.

And it asked people to contact gardai if they believe someone is driving under the influence or showing dangerous behaviour on the roads.

Calling the Garda traffic watch number at 1890 205 805 could save someone’s life, chief executive Noel Brett said.

“This Sunday, fans will be travelling to Croke Park, many by car, from Mayo, Dublin and Tyrone to attend the minor and senior football finals.

“We want everyone to enjoy the day and don’t want to see the trip to Croke Park to turn into a tragedy for any family or community. We encourage all fans, including those planning to watch the game in their local, to use public transport as their first and safest option.

“Our message is simple -  plan your journey in advance, allow plenty of time for your journey, drive at an appropriate speed for the traffic and weather conditions, never ever take drugs or drink and drive or travel in a car driven by someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs.

“A particular message this year is to ask drivers to ensure that safety belts are used by everyone in the car, front and back.  If you encounter dangerous driver behaviour on your journey or are aware of a driver driving having taken drugs or of a drink driver please contact An Garda Siochánna. Your call may well save a life.”

An Garda Síochána have developed a traffic management plan for the event. For further information please visit www.garda.ie

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