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Stay safe while driving to the semis 

Football fans have been urged to drive safely while travelling to and from Croke Park this Saturday by road safety officials. 

Croke Park will host a Dublin v Mayo double-header on Saturday with the women’s semi-final between the two counties acting as a curtain raiser ahead of the men’s semi-final. 

The communications office of Mayo County Council and Dublin City Council have joined forces in a new Road Safety campaign with the hope of preventing any further road deaths on what will be a busy weekend on Ireland’s roads. 

Road accidents have affected every club and all communities at some point. This is a positive campaign looking for real outcomes in road safety and reduced death and injury, with seven lives lost on Irish roads in the first 11 days of August bringing it to a total of 82 road deaths already this year.  

This road safety awareness campaign has a specific focus on speeding and distraction – both of which are Fatal Five factors. 

“Mayo and Dublin football fans are some of the most passionate in Ireland,” Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said. 

“Fans are dedicated to supporting their teams no matter the result. We’re asking them to show the same dedication to road safety to prevent further lives lost and serious injuries on our roads. 

“The message is clear – Slow down, give yourself enough time to arrive to your destination. Keep your head in the game, don’t drive distracted. 

“You need to make good decisions in football. It’s no different on the road.”  

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