With only a skeletal service expected from an Garda Siochana tomorrow, AA Ireland is reminding motorists that the rules of the road will still be in effect on the day and to exercise additional caution where necessary.
The motoring organisation is advising all motorists that speed-cameras will still be in operation. Other cameras will also be operative and motorists should assume that driving transgressions can still result in fines, penalty points and driving bans.
“All drivers have a responsibility to drive with care and respect the rules of the road at all times.” Says Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “We should not need a Garda to tell us that failing to respect those rules puts lives at risk.”
“The law remains the law, and our responsibility to other citizens remains the same.”
Bus lanes, yellow boxes and clearways remain important and with our towns and cities covered so extensively by cameras errant drivers cannot expect to be able to act with impunity because of the unusual situation.
While emergency services will continue to operate, motorists are advised that if reporting a minor incident or collision there may be a significant delay in response time. As a result, if the collision is of a minor nature drivers are advised to move their vehicle off the road, provided it is safe to do so, and to exchange insurance information and take photographs of both cars to avoid future complications.
“Even on a normal day the Garda may have to regard a minor collision as low priority and may not be able to attend the scene; clearly this will be even more true today,” says Faughnan. “Use your common sense and try not to cause a traffic obstruction. Once you have photographed the scene and exchanged details, you should be able to move the cars off the road. AA Members obviously can call us for recovery.”