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Press Release

Government launches the “Be Winter Ready” 2019 – 2020 campaign

Published: 6 November 2019
From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Today the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., joined the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe T.D., Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphries T.D., and Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D. at the launch of the Government’s Be Winter Ready 2019-20 campaign at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin.

The Be Winter Ready campaign encourages people to be prepared, to stay safe and where to find help if needed during winter.

Speaking at the launch today the Minister stressed the importance of being prepared for winter, noting that you can find detailed advice and guidance from the Be Winter Ready website, www.winterready.ie

Winter conditions can be hazardous for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The Minister drew attention to the particular risk posed by hail showers, pointing out that hail is one weather condition we cannot treat our roads for.

Minister Ross said “Hail showers are unpredictable and can lead to very difficult and dangerous road conditions, especially on higher speed roads like dual carriageways and motorways. You should try to be aware of weather warnings that indicate a risk of hail. Where there is a possibility of hail, you should drive at a reduced speed and be aware of the prevailing conditions. Driving in these conditions is particularly hazardous and it’s essential to slow down while avoiding heavy braking or sudden steering movements.”

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More information on the Be Winter Ready campaign can be found on the website here www.winterready.ie