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Safety warnings issued ahead of bank holiday weekend

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a warning to drivers ahead of the bank holiday weekend to slow down and wear seatbelts.

The RSA is reminding motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never to use a mobile phone while driving.

RSA data shows that since 2019, over the same weekend in February, there were seven road deaths and 67 serious injuries on Irish roads in a five-year period.

Meanwhile, the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland issued an appeal asking all those taking part in any water based activity or coastal walks to take precautions and be alert.

The statement said that water temperatures are still cold, meaning water shock and hypothermia is possible.

“To avoid this during swims, people should acclimatise to the water slowly to get used to the cold and warm up quickly upon exiting the water”,” the statement read.

It also warned to check the weather and tidal forecast, carry equipment required to raise an alarm, and wear suitable clothing, such as a personal floatation device while on the water.

It warned against mixing alcohol with water activities, swimming alone and advised wearing a bright swimming cap or a tow float to increase visibility.

Deputy CEO of Water Safety Ireland Roger Sweeney said: “Winter storms have damaged many waterside walking routes that were considered familiar and safe but may now be hazardous.

“Erosion underfoot is not always obvious until it is too late. Tell children in your care that to stay safe is to stay away from edges.

“Use walkways that have public rescue equipment such as ring buoys in bright yellow boxes”.

If you see a person in difficulty on the water or coast, or think they are in trouble; Dial 112 or use VHF radio channel 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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