Saturday 16 December 2017

'Go on, go on, go, give her back' - Road safety signs featuring Mrs Doyle stolen

Have you seen the Mrs Doyle signs?
Have you seen the Mrs Doyle signs?

Cillian Sherlock

Thieves who stole road safety signs featuring Father Ted character Mrs Doyle have been urged to, "go on, go on, go on, give her back."

As fatigue is a factor in up to one in five driver deaths in Ireland each year, the signs were placed on Mayo roads ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, urging people to stop, take a break and re-fuel with a coffee if they feel tired.

The quirky life-sized Mrs Doyle signs were part of an initiative between An Garda Siochana and Mayo County Counchil, who swapped her trademark cup of tea for a coffee.

Unfortunately the signs were stolen within hours.

Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne said the thief "must have had very little to do" and called for them to return the signs.

"They must have very little to do. They signs bear a very important message to drivers, encouraging them to be aware of the issue," he said.

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Mayo County Council Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons echoed these comments as he spoke about the important message they are trying to send to drivers.

Mr Gibbons said: “Unfortunately the signs were stolen within four or five hours after they were erected, the campaign still continues and we want to make road users aware of driver fatigue.
"The signs help make drivers aware of driver fatigue and contribute towards making local communities safer, but won't lose sleep over it these signs been removed."

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Road Safety Mayo took to Facebook on Thursday to appeal for Mrs Doyle to be returned.

He said: "A road safety campaign using Mrs Doyle life-sized cardboard cutout signs to alert drivers and GAA fans to take a break over the Bank Holiday weekend has had the signs stolen .

"Has Mrs Doyle been kidnapped or is she just taking a break ? Go on, go on, go on, give her back.

"Sign vandalism is nothing new, but the taking of road safety awareness campaign signs is."

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