27/11/2015

Operation Solas Launches In Galway

Gardaí in Galway have launched Operation Solas, which calls on motorists to the check that their car's lights function correctly, following last years successful operation.

Operation Solas aims to raise awareness of the lighting regulations amongst motorists and cyclists and educate the public as to the importance of lighting up.

The operation will begin on the following dates, and will continue throughout the shorter daylight hours of Winter:

• Thursday the 26th of November from 7am – Friday the 27th of November at 7am

• Friday the 11th of December from 7am – Saturday the 12th of December at 7am

The operations will concentrate on detecting all road traffic lighting infringements, including MPVs, trailers and pedal cycles.

We will be utilising social media to highlight the Operation and spread the 'Be Safe, Be Seen' message.

Speaking at Galway District Office, Sergeant Micheal Walsh said: "With the Winter nights well and truly upon us, it's vital that all of us that use the roads do so in a safe and responsible manner. During the shorter days, this means lighting up and making sure we are visible to all other road users.

"If you're driving – check your lights, if you're cycling – grab that bike light on your way out the door, and if you're going for an evening stroll – put on your hi-vis.

"Remember – 'Be safe, be seen', and make sure you check your lights and avoid the Fixed Charge Notice."

(MH/CD)

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