Speaking at the launch of 'Play it Safe', Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey T.D., said: "I am delighted to launch the Road Safety Authority's new initiative 'Play it Safe' which will help sporting organisations across the country to implement good road safety practices among its members and staff when organising sporting events.
"Every one of us has a responsibility to promote safe behaviour on our roads, not just as individuals but collectively as a team.
"These guidelines will put in place the foundations of responsible road-use and we would ask every sporting organisation in the country to make sure you are road safety aware."
'Play it Safe' will provide tools to every member of sporting clubs to play a significant role in implementing road safety guidelines, ultimately helping to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.
The guidelines present information on organising sporting events with road safety in mind, encouraging the use of high visibility material, safe driving practices and other important road safety information.
It also provides a list of key contacts, including local Road Safety Officers and Gardaí, to ensure adequate pre-planning takes place in advance of a sporting event.
Noel Brett, CEO of RSA, said: "With thousands of clubs across Ireland travelling to and from games every weekend, it is vital that they have in place a set of road safety guidelines to ensure that every journey is a safe one.
"This is particularly important when young people are involved. Through 'Play it Safe', we are providing clubs with the tools to implement good road safety behaviour, at every level and for every member of the club."
IRFU President John Callaghan commented: "With so many young people involved in sport every day, it is vitally important that we ensure their safety at all times, both on and off the rugby pitch.
"The IRFU is delighted to support the RSA's initiative and urges every rugby club to adopt these guidelines."
Click here to download 'Play it Safe', a set of road safety guidlines for sporting organisations.