Met Éireann issue orange warning as bank holiday begins

Met Eireann have issued a orange alert for Friday night while Gardai focus on driver fatigue ahead of the bank holiday week-end.

Heavy rain in the south early tonight will move northwards overnight to affect much of Leinster and east Munster. The heaviest falls are likely be in the southeast with localised flooding. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.

Wicklow weather have predicted the following forecast for Saturday onwards

SATURDAY
A mostly dry day in Munster, Connacht with cloud and sunny spells at times but the risk of heavy rain returning to east Ulster and coastal counties of Leinster by afternoon. Temps will be feeling cooler in coastal Munster & Connacht with highs of 17c/18c. Temps near or bordering 20c in areas of inland Leinster.
SUNDAY
Again models are hinting at a mostly dry day in most areas but pockets of Connacht and Ulster could see rain clear by late afternoon.Remaining dry in south Munster and south Leinster. Temps raning from 18c in Connacht to 22c in areas of Munster and Leinster.
MONDAY
A dry day for nearly all areas but this will depend on the timing of another system arriving from the Atlantic. Most areas will see rainfall on Monday, starting in the west and by afternoon in the eastern half of Ireland.

Gardai focus on driver fatigue over August Bank Holiday Weekend

Research has revealed that since 2009, 42 people have been killed or seriously injured over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year, five people were killed and six were seriously injured. As the bank holiday approaches, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are calling on drivers to be extra cautious on the roads and in particular, to recognise the symptoms of driver fatigue and to take appropriate action.
International research suggests that fatigue could be a contributory factor in up to 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland*. To help combat driver fatigue this bank holiday weekend, the RSA and Applegreen are teaming up for the second year running to organise a ‘Driver Reviver’ Campaign. Cups of coffee will be available free of charge to drivers at 17 participating Applegreen service stations between 2pm and 8pm this Friday 1st August.
Drivers simply mention the ‘RSA’ to the till operator and they will receive a free cup of coffee on Friday 1st to ensure they get to their destination safely.

What to do if you are a tired driver?

1.       NEVER DRIVE IF YOU’RE FIGHTING SLEEP.

2.       When you start fighting sleep at the wheel, your impairment is as dangerous as driving over the legal alcohol limit.

3.       Stop and take a nap for 15 minutes – set the alarm on your mobile phone to wake you up.

4.       To really make the most of your break, take a caffeine drink before the nap (150mg of caffeine e.g. 2 cups of coffee).

5.       After the nap, get some fresh air and stretch your legs.

6.       By following all of the above advice, you should be able to drive for another hour or more.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, announced a number of increases in penalty point offences to take effect from 1st August 2014.  These changes are being made under the Road Traffic Act 2014.

From Friday the 1st of August, penalty points for speeding, holding a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seat belt or not using child restraints will increase from two points to three, provided the fixed charge is paid within the stipulated period.  For those who do not pay the fixed charge and are subsequently convicted in Court, the points will increase from four to five.

 

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