DONEGAL MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL SLOW DOWN DAY

first_imgStephen Maguire, editor of Donegal Daily, Donegal Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell and Donegal Daily Commercial Director John Gildea getting the message out that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Donegal’s road safety officer Brian O’Donnell has appealed to motorists across the county to monitor their driving to coincide with National Slow Down Day, which takes places tomorrow, Friday May 27th.This event will take place from 7am Friday 27th – 7am Saturday 28th May 2016.Although in 2015 the number of road deaths was 166, 27 less than 2015, motorists driving at excessive and inappropriate speed are still major contributory factors in road traffic collisions. To date in 2016, 70 people have lost their lives on our roads, an increase of 13 on the same period last year. Far too many people are losing their lives on our roads and it is essential that motorists reduce their speed to improve road safety.According to a report published by the RSA, 322 people died as a result of a collision where excessive speed was cited as a main contributory factor from 2008-2012. Of these, 158 were drivers, 49 motorcyclists, 100 passengers, 2 cyclists and 13 pedestrians.The statistics were compiled by analysis of forensic collision investigation reports by An Garda Siochána as an attempt to determine the main factors which contribute to road traffic deaths.The forensic collision reports of 867 fatal collisions probed by the RSA showed that excessive speed for the road and conditions was a main contributory factor in 274 fatal collisions, claiming the lives of 322 people. A further 74 people were seriously injured in the accidents. Unfortunately at the top of the list with the highest incidence of deaths as a result of speeding was Donegal (8.4%). Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer has urged motorists to support national slow down day.“We all have places we need to go, but it’s never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm’s way to get there faster. We need to remind motorists, as the busy summer season approaches, to obey speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely.“The tragedy of all the suffering caused by inappropriate speed is compounded by the fact that so much of it is preventable. Motorists are driving too fast, ignoring the speed limits and making it dangerous and intimidating for people to engage in the most normal activities on our roads, be it driving, cycling or walking.“I would appeal to all drivers to take a moment to think about the potential effects the risk-taking behaviour may have not just on themselves, but their friends who are with them, on their families at home and on their extended families. It goes without saying that reducing speed is not only for one day, but for every day”.From 27th May, new speed enforcement zones will come into effect at locations where fatal or injury collisions occurred as a result of inappropriate speed. All road users, in particular motorists, should familiarise themselves with these sections of the road network which are available online at www.garda.ie
Slow down, be alert and arrive at your destiny safely. Number of people killed or injured in collisions where speed was a factor 2008-2012Fatal Serious MinorDriver 158 25 61Motorcyclist 49 4 0Passenger 100 45 59Cyclist 2 0 0Pedestrian 13 0 0Total 322 74 120DONEGAL MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL SLOW DOWN DAY was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian O’DonnelldonegalNATIONAL SLOW DOWNRoad Safety Officerlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES

first_imgLotto NumbersThis weeks numbers were 4-5-17-23. No Jackpot winner. Seven match three get €10 each. Jessica Sweeney, J. Calvin O’Brien, Regina Kerr, Peter McCleary, Vincent Ferry, Michelle Goode and Enda McHugh. Why not play our club lotto by Standing Order and be sure to be in every draw every week. To print out a Standing Order Form and for more information visit the club website at www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie. Senior MenThe senior men were beaten in the Junior Championship, preliminary round, first leg by Lifford on Sunday on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-8. Lifford started the game quicker and after twenty minutes were 6 points up. Dean Burgess scored a great goal to cut the deficit to three points but another Lifford point followed which gave them a four point lead going in at half time. Milford got a great start to the second half with a lovely point from Cathal McGettigan but received a hammer blow two minutes later when Lifford were awarded a highly dubious penalty which was converted to leave six points between the sides again. Milford didn’t give up hope and points from Cathal McGettigan, Cormac Friel, Luke Barrett and James Gallagher meant that there was just a goal in it with a couple of minutes to go. Unfortunately Milford were unable to create a goal chance and Lifford kicked the last score of the game to give them a four point victory. Milford scorers on the day were Cormac Friel (0-1), Pauric Curley(0-1), Dean Burgess(1-0), Christopher Barrett(0-1), Luke Barrett (0-2), Cathal McGettigan (0-2) and James Gallagher (0-1).Ladies Teams The senior ladies championship game was called off due to Naomh Mhuire pulling out of the competition which means that they are now through to the quarter final which is due to be played sometime in August.Congratulations to Danielle Friel and Andy Horsman who celebrated their wedding last Friday and we wish them every happinness for the future.The under 14 girls were beaten by one point last week in the semi-final against Ardara. Played in atrocious weather conditions the girls led for most of the game but unfortunatley a couple of goals for Ardara near the end proved costly. The girls have had a great year and can be proud of all their efforts.The under 12’s held a very succesful blitz last Saturday morning when they hosted Termon, Fanad and Glenswilly. The format consisted of nine a side and seven a side games and the girls won the five games they played. With the talent that was on display it’s looking very bright for future ladies teams in the club.Best of luck to Orla Harrisson who is part of the Donegal Ladies Senior Team that will contest the Ulster Final against Monaghan on Sunday.Congratulations to Shannon McGroddy, Amber Barrett and Orla McAteer who were all members of the county under 16 team who secured their place in this years Ulster Final with a four point win over Tyrone last Saturday. Well done to Shannon who was awarded player of the match. Between Senior, Minor, under 16 and under 14 this means that there will have been seven Milford Players involved in Ulster Finals this year which is a great achievement for the club.CulCamps Over 60 boys and girls took part in last week’s Cul Camp held by the club and a very enjoyable week was had by all. Thanks to all those who helped organise the week. Pictures of the week can now be viewed on the club’s website.Alcohol and Substance Abuse PolicyThe club’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy was launched last Friday. In attendance were Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan and county coaching officer Mick McGrath. It can be viewed on the club’s website at www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie where pictures of the launch can also be seen.GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Milford GAA club noteslast_img read more