Mrs Doyle is on hand to keep Mayo's roads safe this bank holiday
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Mrs Doyle is on hand to keep Mayo's roads safe this bank holiday

MAYO County Council has come up with a rather unusual way of encouraging safe driving over the bank holiday weekend – with Mrs Doyle on hand to help out.

Ireland’s most famous housekeeper, known for keeping Father Ted in check, is appearing on roads across the county, telling drivers: “Go on, go on… take a break”.

Cardboard cut-outs of Mrs Doyle are popping up as part of Mayo County Council’s efforts to ensure drivers stay safe and take a break from driving if they are tired.

“Using the roads is one of the most dangerous thing we do every day, and people do so in a fashion that comes as second nature to them,” Mayo’s Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said.

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“You can’t under estimate the importance of stopping for a break for a cup of tea or coffee, as Mrs Doyle would say go on go have a cup of tea.”

Recent figures show that over the past five years, 12 people have lost their lives on Irish roads over the August bank holiday weekend – and a further 27 have been injured.

Mayo County Council is hoping that Mrs Doyle’s friendly warning will make drivers perk up and take a break when needed.