Former Irish International rugby legend and TV Presenter Tommy Bowe is calling on motorists, but particularly younger drivers, to kick drink driving to touch this St. Patrick's Weekend and to never, ever drink and drive. The Monaghan man is setting out to drive home the message today that drinking and driving simply do not mix.
Tommy teamed up with secondary students from St. David's C.B.S, Artane and members of the Kilmore West Youth Project, Artane to show through fun and educational demonstrations the dangers of drinking and driving.
Speaking to Northern Sound, the Emyvale native said it's important for people to enjoy themselves but to also be "mindful" and plan their way home if heading out this weekend.
He highlighted that Mother's Day is also amongst the special celebrations this weekend, and that the last thing anyone would want is for a mother to receive tragic news about a loved one on what is meant to be a weekend of celebration for them.
Meanwhile, "it takes two hours of sleep for a single pint of beer to leave your system," that's according to the Road Safety Authority, which is making a bank holiday road safety appeal. 72 people were arrested for drink driving during the St. Patrick's weekend in 2022, Sam Waide, Chief Executive of the RSA, says people must take this into account before using the country's roads.