Gardaí in Donegal are urging the public to enjoy the good weather safely this Bank Holiday weekend.
The sunshine and the Bank Holiday will lead to more people on the roads and at the coasts over the coming days.
To avoid any accidents, people are being urged to please use the roads responsibly and to respect the water.
Garda Grainne Doherty, in a community appeal, said: “Drivers are urged to slow down, wear their seatbelt, and not to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Do not use/hold your mobile phone while driving.
“Remember if you have been drinking you may not be safe to drive the morning after. Don’t risk it!
“Always be on the lookout for cyclists and pedestrians and drive at a safe speed.
“As always, Gardaí will be out on the roads over the weekend conducting high visibility checkpoints and speed checks.”
Gardaí are also asking people to be mindful of water safety while visiting beaches during this beautiful spell of weather.
Please remember the following advice:
- Never swim alone.
- Always swim parallel to the shore.
- Never use inflatables.
- Always swim in front of the Lifeguard Station.
- Check the tides times.
- Check the weather.
Speak to the locals if you are not familiar with a particular bathing spot before entering the water.
Remember if you see someone in trouble in or near the water please dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.
Gda Doherty said: “We urge everyone to be aware of their environment, any warning signs and their own abilities around water and if possible wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket. For more information on water safety visit www.watersafety.ie
“Whether you choose to spend the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend on land or on water we hope that everybody has a safe and an enjoyable time.”