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RSA to LC students: If a driver's had a drink don't get into their car

The authority is making a specific plea celebrating students.
Aug 12th 2014, 6:30 PM 8,723 15

TEN PEOPLE AGED between 16-20 have died on the roads so far this year and the Road Safety Authority is making a specific appeal to young people ahead of tomorrow’s Leaving Cert results.

As well as reminding those driving tomorrow that it means they are choosing not to drink or take drugs, the RSA is also urging young people not to get into a car with a driver they don’t trust.

“If you are planning on getting a lift from a friend make sure you’re satisfied that you can trust their driving,” says the RSA’s Moyagh Murdock.

Have they taken drink or drugs? It is one thing putting your life in the hands of someone who takes unnecessary risk on the road however, are you knowingly allowing someone else take an unnecessary and highly dangerous risk?

The RSA says that they are aware that the end of the Leaving Cert is time to celebrate but warn that “the level of drinking on a night like this won’t be innocent and harmless”.

Parents should also make sure to speak to their children to ensure that they knew where they are going and how they are getting home.

“Ask your son or daughter to avoid driving late at night as this is a high risk period for crashes, particularly among young people,” adds Murdoch.

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The RSA is also reminding young drivers that you’re four times more likely to crash if you’re using a hand held mobile phone while driving. Drivers should also consider limiting the amount of people in their car to avoid distraction they say.

To date, 10 young adults aged between 16 and 20 have died on Irish roads this year, seven of them drivers.

Read: 23-year-old man dies in Cork crash >

Read: Elderly woman killed in two-car crash in Dublin >

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