Donegal Road Safety Working Group

By: Donegal  05/12/2011
Keywords: Road Safety, safety issues


The Donegal Road Safety Working Group was founded in 1997 and included members of Donegal County Council (including the Fire Service), An Garda Síochána, North West Health Board and the National Safety Council.

The original mission statement was;

           'To reduce the number and severity of road crashes in County Donegal.'

The main activities of the group between 1997 and 2010 included; 
  • Collision Prevention Programme
    • Joint meetings between the Garda and Donegal County Council on an electoral area basis to address local road safety issues
  • Setting up a Collision Database and Mapping
  • Road Safety Enforcement 
  • Identify areas for Safety Cameras  
  • Road Safety Programmes in schools
    • Multi agency presentations in schools
    • Supply of educational materials 
  • Road Safety Public Awareness campaigns
    • Radio and newspaper campaigns
    • Distribution of Leaflets
    • Milk carton campaigns
    • Benny the Bear safety mascot 

Benny's Message

  • Slow Down
  • Wear your Seat Belt
  • Be Safe, Be Seen
  • Don't Drink and Drive

Current membership includes; 

  • Donegal County Council including Fire Service
  • National Roads Authority
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Health Service Executive including Ambulance Service
  • Road safety Authority
  • Vocational Education Committee
  • Donegal Youth Council
  • ADI Driving Instructors Representative
  • North West Alcohol Forum Ltd 
  • Donegal Youth Service


The clear objective of the Donegal Road Safety Plan 2010 - 2015 is:

'To reduce the number of road collision casualties in County Donegal in line with national and European casualty reduction targets'

This means that we are aiming to have no more than 9 deaths per year by the end of 2015 on the roads of County Donegal. 

Mayor Cora Harvey meeting with members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group

The Road Safety Plan 2010-2015.

The Donegal Road Safety Plan 2010-2015 focuses on five core elements of Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Empowerment and Evaluation. Empowerment is vitally important as it underpins the cultural shift, which will be required to effectively achieve road safety within Donegal.
Cross Border Partnership

As we share a long border with Northern Ireland, it is essential that we forge links with road safety professionals in Northern Ireland. Therefore, we have engaged with the Northern Ireland Road Safety Council and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. During the year, education and enforcement initiatives are jointly undertaken to improve road safety in the northwest and ensure the border is not a barrier to catching and prosecuting errant drivers.

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