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Storm Hannah is on her way to visit us, lads, and we've got to be extra cautious tonight. A red weather warning has officially been issued by Met Éireann in Clare from 8pm tonight until 11pm.

An orange warning has been issued for wind in Galway from 7pm until midnight tonight. 

Winds are especially strong along the coast, and the public has been warned to avoid coastal areas completely.

Wind warnings for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick are in place from 4pm today until 1am tomorrow, and warnings for wind in Waterford and Tipperary are issued from 10pm tonight until 2pm tomorrow.

A yellow wind alert has been sent out from 11pm for counties in the south east, north-west and the west of Ireland.

Gardaí are appealing to the public to be aware of the dangers posed by high winds those who are living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas are advised to be extra cautious.

Met Éireann have said that northwesterly winds will reach speeds of over 80 km/h with 'violent gusts' of 130 to 150 km/h for a period this evening. Jaysis.

Road users are cautioned to plan your journeys in advance, and be careful of stopping distances on wet roads.

It's going to be a breezy weekend, lads. Prepare to get your Rihanna out and werk some umbrellas.

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Coca-Cola is bringing back its hugely successful Designated Driver campaign this year in order to encourage the nation to give the 'Gift of a Lift this' December.

The campaign will offer free soft drinks to any drivers who stay sober to bring their loved ones home safely throughout Christmas; what a fab way to motivate us.

The Road Safety Authority and Coca-Cola HBC Ireland are joining forces to keep our roads safe, especially during a time where the pubs are full of people celebrating the season.

Over the last 14 years, over €7 million has been invested by Coca-Cola into the campaign to promote road safety, and have rewarded countless Christmas heroes who helped their friends and families get to where they needed to go.

The role of the Designated Driver can be a tedious one, but it's never worth the alternative. Getting yourself and your close friends and family home is the perfect way to give to them this Christmas.

An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority and Drinkaware are all supporters of the campaign, which has local and national heroes such as GAA stars as its representatives.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said;

“For many people, December will be a month of celebration; the way to ensure that the season remains festive is to plan ahead…so please, don’t drink and drive, instead travel with a designated driver and ensure you and your loved ones all get to 2019 safely.”

Any Designated Drivers can visit www.DesignatedDriver.ie to download a voucher for two free soft drinks, which can be presented at over 1000 pubs across Ireland. Otherwise they can simply make themselves known to bar staff.

I can think of a good few people who will be wanting the 'Gift of a Lift' this year, that's for sure.

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If you've been following Bloggers Unveiled for any amount of time, you may have noticed that she draws particular attention to bloggers and influencers not driving safely, wearing their seatbelts correctly or using their phones while driving. 

A campaign run by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has been featuring bloggers spreading the importance of wearing your seatbelt the right way. 

According to The Journal, two online personalities have been asked to return fees paid to them for the campaign, after it was made public that they were wearing their belts incorrectly, going directly against the core message of the campaign. 

The RSA asked both influencers to either return the fee they were paid for the campaign, or donate it to charity. 

The Killer Look campaign used 10 different influencers to promote the wearing of seatbelts over the arm rather than under. 

'We are trying to get across the message wearing a seatbelt under the arm, it happens a lot more than people think,” a RSA spokesperson told The Journal.

'There are serious consequences for people and it is predominantly women who do it.'

'What we don’t want to have is people normalising that behaviour. That’s why we were disappointed. '

'The vast majority of the influencers were brilliant. They saw this as more than a commercial exchange.'

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