With the festive party season now well underway, people in Co Louth are being asked to think ahead as they prepare to go out celebrating.
Adrian O'Sullivan, Road Safety Officer with Louth County Council said: "The Christmas party season is getting into full swing and it's a time when many of us will be out and about. It's important to plan how we will travel to and from home, whether by appointing a designated driver, refraining from drinking or making other transport arrangements’.
"To encourage people to get home safely, Louth County Council have launched the ‘Gift of a Lift’ road safety Christmas card campaign. The idea behind the initiative is that you commit to give a family member or friend one lift home or organise a taxi for them over the festive season using the specially designed ‘Here’s something that will give you a little lift this Christmas…’
Adrian added “Road users need to be extra careful at this time of year when roads are at their busiest and conditions can be dangerous. It's not worth taking a chance on driving if you think you are over the legal limit. Research has shown that between 2008 and 2012 alcohol was a factor in 38% of fatal crashes in Ireland.
"We have had six deaths on County Louth roads to date in 2018 which means six devastated families who will be spending their first Christmas without their loved ones. I would appeal to everyone to ensure they have a safe and happy festive season and to take extra care when using the roads.
"Don’t let your actions spoil a good night out and bring tragedy to your family this Christmas."
We all know someone for whom it can be difficult to choose a Christmas present, so why not give them The Gift of a Lift card and ensure they arrive home safe over the party season.
The card is available to download for free from the road safety section of the County Council website www.Louthcoco.ie. The cards can also be collected from any Louth County Council office, library branch or Motor Tax Office throughout the county (subject to availability).