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Gaybo: The real reason I wasn't wearing my seatbelt properly

The head of the Road Safety Authority, Gay Byrne, is forced to explain why he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt properly while filming a documentary with Terry Wogan for the BBC. It doesn’t count if you’re on TV, apparently.

THE CHAIRMAN OF the Road Safety Authority, Gay Byrne, has been forced to explain why he was caught wearing his seatbelt incorrectly during a documentary with Terry Wogan.

Sharp-eyed users of the internet forum boards.ie were the first to spot that Gaybo wasn’t wearing his seatbelt properly in Sunday night’s documentary, which featured the two men being driven around Dublin in a Mercedes S-Class.

The seatbelt appears to hang vertically, rather than diagonally across Byrne’s body.

Contacted by the Irish Examiner, Byrne said he was certain he had been wearing his seatbelt, and that most people know “this was not a real-life situation”.

This was filmed months ago and in very cramped conditions. I have a tendency to hold onto the seatbelt — I don’t know why but that is just the way it is… We were in and out of the car several times going from the GPO in Dublin to a hotel in Ballsbridge.  I think most people are smart enough to know that this was not a real-life situation.

The Road Safety Authority repeated its statement that “the wearing of a seatbelt is the law and it is the advice of the Road Safety Authority that it should be worn at all times when travelling in a vehicle”.

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Read the thread on boards.ie >

See also: Read Dan Buckley’s story in the Irish Examiner >

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