05 October 2011
RSA and ITIA launch ‘National Tyre Safety Day'
The focus on tyre safety, which enables motorists to avail of a free tyre check at participating tyre centres, is one of the many road safety initiatives planned for ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which will take place from Monday 10th October to Sunday 16th October. Marking the event, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD said:
‘Irish road-users have shown that if everyone makes a concerted effort, it will save lives. We have seen further reductions in the number of lives lost on our roads this year. I would urge everyone to get involved in the activities going on in their counties during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’, and to continue saving lives’. Of the 560,000 vehicles tested at NCT in the first six month of this year more than 106,076 problems relating to tyres were found.
The reasons for tyres failing the NCT range from the incorrect tread depth, which should be a minimum of 1.6mm, to the condition of the tyres, for example, a cut or break in the fabric. The RSA and the ITIA are warning road-users that sub-standard or incorrect tyres could have serious road safety consequences and are urging people to visit participating tyre centres to avail of a free tyre check on ‘National Tyre Safety Day’ on Tuesday 11th October.
Mr Brian O’Neill, President, ITIA said: “We all know it’s a good idea to check our tyres regularly, but the truth is the average Irish motorist doesn’t always give tyres the attention they deserve. Overlooking your tyres is a mistake. When it comes to the roadworthiness of your car, and the safety of the people travelling in it, few things are more critical than a good set of properly selected, professionally fitted, correctly inflated tyres.
During ‘Irish Road Safety Week’, we will be providing a free tyre check at participating centres and I would encourage road-users to avail of this service and ensure they are travelling safely.” At today’s launch, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) also announced details of their annual ‘drive to save lives’ during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which takes place nationwide from Monday 10th October to Sunday 16th October.
A number of activities are planned around the country throughout the week to promote and encourage road safety. Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: “’Irish Road Safety Week’ is a time for us all to reflect on our behaviour on the roads and think about what we can do to be better, safer drivers.
People in Ireland have shown just what can be achieved when we all make an effort to improve the way we use the roads. I would encourage everyone to find out what activities are planned in their area during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’, avail of the free tyre checks being provided by the ITIA and participating tyre centres and get involved in the national drive to save lives.”
A number of road safety activities will take place throughout the country during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’, beginning on Monday 10th October with the RSA’s Annual Lecture on Road Safety in Dublin Castle. This year’s lecture will focus on young drivers aged 17 to 24 years old. In addition, the following activity will take place around the country:
The ‘Check it Fits’, child car seats, Roadshow which will visit Ballina, Galway, Limerick, Maynooth and Tallaght from Saturday 8th October to Wednesday 12th October. At ‘Check it Fits’ in Galway, Limerick and Tallaght, Advance Pitstop will also offer motorists a free 5 point ‘health check’ for their car including tyres, brakes, shocks, lights/levels and wipers. For further information on the ‘Check it Fits’ Roadshow and child safety in cars, visit www.rsa.ie/childsafetyincars.
Tyre Safety. This initiative is being run by the Irish Tyre Industry Association to raise awareness of the need to maintain your tyres, particularly coming into the winter months. Free tyre checks will be available nationally at participating tyre centres, along with a free safety pack (while stocks last). Further information is available at www.itia.ie.
The Annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Farmleigh on Wednesday 12th October. These awards honour the efforts made by individuals and groups around the country to promote road safety at national and community level.
‘Beep Beep Day!’ is a road safety awareness day which is taking place on Friday 14th October in almost 1,400 pre schools throughout the country to celebrate Irish Road Safety Week. Children aged 5 and under will practise basic road safety messages with the ‘Simon and Friends’ road safety storybooks, songs, games and activities. Information regarding child safety in cars is also being distributed to parents. This event is coordinated nationally by the RSA and organised locally by the County and City Childcare Committees.
‘European Night Without Accident’ will take place on Saturday 15th October in the following counties: Cork, Mayo, Meath, Waterford, Letrim and Donegal. This will be the fifth year that Ireland will participate in this initiative which is happening in 27 European countries in 2011. The initiative is run by young adult volunteers aged between 17 to 29 who encourage each group to choose a “designated driver” who agrees to make a promise: he/she commits themselves to being sober when they sits behind the wheel of their vehicle. When the “designated drivers” leave the nightclub, the volunteers give them the opportunity to undergo a breath analysis to check if they have honoured their commitment;
There is also a series of initiatives being planned by road safety officers in Local Authorities around the country.
For further details, visit www.rsa.ie
To date this year (5th October), 142 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, a reduction of 14 on the same period last year. Of these, almost half (43.7%) were drivers and 1 in 5 (30 deaths) were pedestrians. Even more worryingly, almost one third of road-users killed (31%) were aged between 16 and 25 years old. However, road fatality statistics to date suggest that, this year, road deaths could fall below 200 for the first time since records began.
ENDS For further information, please contact: RSA Communications Office: 096 25008
1. Road Fatalities to Date (5th Oct) 2011
2. NCT Tyre Failure from 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011
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