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Don't be an ass

Mayo 'Fast & Furious' imitators told "Donuts are for eating not car manoeuvres"

Gardaí are receiving complaints about loud noises emitted from revved up engines and screeching tyres.

“DON’T BE AN ass behind the wheel, donuts are for eating not car manoeuvres.”

That’s the slogan from a new campaign in Mayo which is calling for drivers to be more responsible.


Since the release of Fast and Furious 7, Mayo County Council says there has been a noticeable increase in the number of roads left with the markings from the previous nights activities of drivers speeding and doing ‘donuts’ on public roads.

It adds that imitators for the the film are ‘not just in Hollywood, but on the rural roads and industrial estates around Ireland.’

Residents have reported incidences of drivers racing, skidding, honking horns, flashing lights and blaring loud music.


Superintendent of Castlebar Garda District Joe McKenna said acts of excessive speeding, drifting, and ‘donuts’ on public roads are dangerous and undertaken without any consideration for other road users:

If officers detect someone contravening traffic laws in this manner, we take it very seriously and we will investigate the matter. A dangerous driving conviction can ultimately lead to a driving disqualification and/or a fine or term of imprisonment.

Road Safety Officer at Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons said:

“These type of films have a very young and very impressionable audience who just don’t think about the devastation, the lives lost, the mothers, wives and children who no longer have a husband, an older brother or father.”

Members of the public are advised to contact their local garda station immediately if they witness such acts.

Read: Mayo’s roads are being blessed – but there are no miracles expected>

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