‘Stay cautious on your staycation’ is the message behind a new campaign launched by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána.

With many people preparing to stay in Ireland for their summer break this year, due to Covid-19, both the RSA and the Gardai are urging road users to ensure that they stay safe.

Motorists are advised to plan their route, staying alert when driving on unfamiliar roads, take a break if tired behind the wheel and look out for other road users.

“If you are planning a staycation, it’s only natural for your driving style to reflect the holiday mood,” said Ms. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority.

“But when combined with driving on unfamiliar roads, it can be a dangerous mix. While it’s great to relax by the beach or in our wonderful green spaces, you need to stay alert when using the road. As our campaign message says, ‘stay cautious on your staycation’.”

To date in 2021, a total of 55 people have died on Irish roads, 16 less than the same period in 2020.