As over 53,000 students nationwide prepare to receive their Leaving Certificate results today, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging them to stay safe on the road if planning to celebrate.
Michael Rowland of the Road Safety Authority, said: “Congratulations to the thousands of students who received their Leaving Cert results today, it really is a huge moment in your life and marks a new and exciting chapter. However, we don’t want a time of celebration to turn to tragedy because of a moment of recklessness.”
“Use public transport where available and make arrangements in advance for getting home safely. If you choose to drive, remember, if you hold a Learner Permit that you must be accompanied by a driver who has held their full licence for more than two years, and you must display ‘L’ plates, front and year. Make the right choices and never drive under the influence of drink or drugs and don’t take risks on the road.”
“If you are planning on getting a lift from a friend be satisfied that you can trust their driving. Have they taken drink or drugs? Are you putting your life in the hands of someone who takes unnecessary risk on the road? We want you to have fun tonight and to enjoy the celebrations, but we also want you to enjoy the excitement of planning your future. You have your whole life ahead of you, so make the right choice about how you use the roads tonight.”
To date this year, 11 young adults aged between 16 and 20 have died on Irish roads, 9.3% in 118 fatalities to date this year. Over half of those killed were drivers.