As part of its community open day this Saturday, June 18, An Garda Siochana will host the Road Safety Authority simulator.
The interactive unit, known as the Navette, is a very popular and educational road safety experience suitable for all age groups.
Speaking to the Westmeath Independent this week, Athlone Sergeant Andrew Haran said the rise in road deaths across the country so far this year is ‘a huge cause for concern’ for An Garda Siochana, which is one of the reasons it was decided to incorporate the RSA Shuttle unit into the community open day plans.
“We hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to use the shuttle and take heed of the vital traffic safety messages that can be learned,” he said.
Sergeant Haran added that it is ‘deeply disappointing’ that a number of motorists are still disregarding the message not to drink and drive, and added that the local Gardai are still making arrests for drunk driving.
Among the many lessons to be learned from using the Shuttle unit are:
Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our state-of-the-art car, motorbike or bicycle simulators.
Experience firsthand the dangers of driving, texting and driver fatigue.
Try the Brake Reaction Timer to see how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances.
Learn about tire safety because your tires are your only contact with the road!
Play interactive road safety games.
The community open day at the refurbished Garda station in Athlone will take place this Saturday from 11am-3pm.