ROAD USERS HAVE been urged to take care on the roads as people across the country return home for the festive season.
AA Roadwatch has warned motorists that busy traffic should be expected throughout Christmas Eve as people make their way home.
Drivers have been advised to be patient of other road users, to allow plenty of time for their journey, and to never ever drink and drive.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid of the Garda National Traffic Bureau also appealed to vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists to wear high-visibility clothing.
Most road accidents take place in early evening, Reid said.
Motorists have been advised that the N81/Baltinglass has been closed at Russborough House just after Blessington Village following a collision – and told to take an alternative route. Meanwhile, delays are likely in Nobber, Co Meath, until approximately 1pm.