2018 News

26 October 2018

MOTORISTS URGED TO SLOW DOWN AND WATCH OUT FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS AS CLOCKS GO BACK

RSA & An Garda Síochána urge motorists to be mindful of other road users as evenings get darker earlier

5 killed and 40 seriously injured in October Bank Holiday weekend crashes since 2012

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have urged motorists to exercise caution on the roads and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. Ahead of the October Bank Holiday weekend when clocks go back, they are appealing to drivers to slow down and look out for other road users.

Over the past six years, 5 people have been killed and 40 people have been seriously injured over the October Bank Holiday period.* The RSA and An Garda Síochána are also reminding road-users to ‘be safe and be seen’, particularly on poorly-lit rural roads. The most effective way to do this is to wear high visibility clothing such as a high visibility vest or a Sam Browne belt, ensuring all lights are working on bicycles and motorcycles and by carrying a torch when walking on dark roads.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said: “Evenings will be darker earlier now as the clocks go back reducing the visibility of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads. Motorists need to be mindful that they are sharing the road with pedestrian, cyclists and motorcyclists who can be difficult to see on dark evenings, particularly if the weather is bad. The message is to slow down and give plenty of space when overtaking.’

She added: ‘Cyclists and pedestrians can increase their visibility on the roads by wearing reflective clothing. In dark clothing, a pedestrian or cyclist is only likely to be visible 30 metres away, in low beam headlights. By wearing something reflective they become visible at 150 metres away. High visibility clothing can be ordered free of charge from the RSA website. We would also like to remind parents and guardians if you are going out trick or treating for Halloween to please consider having a reflective aspect to the costumes as the children can be difficult to see, especially on dark unlit rural roads.’

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy, Roads Policing, said: ‘To date in 2018, 50 pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists have been killed on Irish roads. We are asking motorists to change their driving behaviour to protect vulnerable road users. Heed your speed, slow down and keep your eyes on the road.

Drivers need to be mindful of all road users to save lives. It is also important for cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists to always wear reflective armbands, high-visibility belt or other reflective or fluorescent clothing which will help you to be seen from a distance. If walking on country roads during hours of darkness it is important to carry a torch. Be safe and be seen.’

Drivers are reminded that the RSA and Applegreen have teamed up again to help drivers to tackle tiredness behind the wheel over the Bank Holiday Weekend. The RSA and Applegreen will provide free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 26 October and Monday 29 October at participating service stations. Simply say ‘RSA’ or ‘Driver Reviver’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee.

A list of participating Applegreen service stations is available at www.applegreenstores.com/ie/locations

To date this year, 120 people have been killed on Irish roads, a decrease of 5 when compared to the same period last year.

Notes

October Bank Holiday Weekend, Fatalities and Serious Injuries (2012 to 2017)

Year Fatalities Fatal Collisions Serious Injuries Serious Injury Collisions
2012 1 1 3 1
2013 1 1 4 4
2014 1 1 8 7
2015 0 0 8 8
2016* 0 0 8 7
2017* 2 2 9 8
Total 5 5 40 35

*2016 and 2017 is provisional and subject to change


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