2018 News

23 March 2018

Drivers Urged To Look Out For Vulnerable Road Users As Clocks Go Forward on Sunday

Parents asked to talk to children about ‘dos and don’ts’ of road safety over mid-term break

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is appealing to drivers to be on the lookout for vulnerable roads users as the clocks go forward this weekend. As the evenings get brighter, more pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders will be taking to the roads, so drivers need to be aware of this and expect the unexpected.

Drivers are also reminded that schools will be closing from today for the Easter mid-term break. As a result there is likely to be an increase in the number of children cycling or walking on or near the public road and in housing estates. Again drivers are urged to be on guard at all times, and slow down.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists have a duty of care when it comes to their own safety. They can reduce their exposure to risk by wearing high visibility clothing, by putting into practice the “Stop, look and listen” safe cross code when crossing the road and by walking on the right-hand side of the road (towards oncoming traffic) when there is no footpath.

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive Officer, RSA, said: “As the evenings get brighter, many people will head out to enjoy what will hopefully be finer weather. So I’m asking all drivers to think about what they can do to help keep children, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists safe. My advice is to slow down, remain fully alert at all times and check your mirrors regularly on your journey and avoid any behaviour which might distract you from the road, such as using a mobile phone. When over talking cyclists heed the advice in our latest public service ad campaign and allow at least one metre when overtaking in speed zones under 50km/h and at least one and a half metres in zones over 50km/h. It’s also vital that you don’t obstruct footpaths when parking your vehicle.”

“I would also make an appeal to parents to please speak to their children about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of road safety over the mid-term break and always remember to practice what you preach by setting a good example yourself.”

“Finally a special message for motorcyclists, many of whom will be taking their bikes out of cold storage over the winter and heading out on ‘ride outs’ over the weekend now that the evenings are getting brighter.  It may have been quite a number of months since you’ve biked so remember to check the roadworthiness of your bike, make sure you are wearing all your personal protective equipment and be extra cautious until you get back into the routine of riding the bike.”

For more information on staying safe on the roads visit www.rsa.ie

To date this year 36 people have been killed on Irish roads, a decrease of 2 when compared to the same period last year.



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