Drivers avail of a free car check from the Dublin Road Safety Council at the RDS.

On 5 November 1976 Minister for Local Government James Tully announced the Dublin Road Safety Council's car safety check fortnight. This scheme brings home to motorists the importance of car maintenance.

Research shows one in six accidents can be attributed to defective vehicles. As many as 60 lives could be saved on the roads every year if drivers paid more care to the vehicle maintenance.

From 8-12 November drivers visiting the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Simmonscourt can have their brakes, lights, tyres and shock absorbers checked free of charge, courtesy of the Dublin Road Safety Council. A similar service is being offered at the Whitehall Car Park on the Swords Road from 15-20 November.

A free eye test is also available, to test drivers for distance and colour blindness. If a problem is detected then the driver is recommended to visit an optician for a test under controlled conditions,

Today showed that 50% of those examined needed further examination.

All kinds of technical literature and leaflets are available to remind drivers about stopping distances or,

How and when to put the foot down and how long it takes to do just that.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 November 1976. The reporter is Colm Connolly.