The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reminding road-users heading to the National Ploughing Championships to leave plenty of time to get to the event in Co Laois.

“Take plenty of breaks to avoid driver fatigue, wear seatbelts front and back and to drive at an appropriate speed. For those who may be travelling by bus, particularly students and youth groups, the RSA is asking teachers and tour leaders to ensure seatbelts are worn at all times,” it has advised.

Speaking to AgriLand Noel Brett, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: “With up to 190,000 visitors expected at this week’s National Ploughing Championships from 24- 26 September in Ratheniska, it is vitally important that everyone stays safe on the roads, particularly as you get closer to Laois where traffic will be very heavy. Leave yourself plenty of time to get there and practise safe driving behaviour at all times. This means never driving if you have consumed alcohol, always driving at a safe speed and always ensuring you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts.

“Plan your journey in advance. Check the Garda and National Ploughing Website for traffic management and parking arrangements.

“This event is always very popular with schools and youth groups so I would urge any teachers and youth leaders who may be bringing young people to the event to make getting there safely a priority. Make sure everyone wears their seatbelt while on the bus or coach and remains seated for the duration of the journey. Parents if your son or daughter is travelling by bus to the ploughing make sure that the trip is organised and supervised by responsible adults who will ensure that your young person gets there and back safely.”

At this year’s Ploughing Championships, the RSA bring along their Road Safety Interactive Shuttle and Roll-Over Simulator. The RSA Roll-Over Car highlights the importance of wearing a seatbelt as people experience the car turning 360 degrees. In addition, the RSA will be distributing free  high-visibility vests from the shuttle.

The Road Safety Interactive Shuttle and Roll-Over Simulator will be located at Stand Number 316, Row T, Block 2.

The National Ploughing Championships Traffic Plan is available here
The National Ploughing Championships Site Map is available here
The National Ploughing Championships Carpark directions are available here.