2018 News

18 September 2018

Road Safety Authority return to National Ploughing Championships

RSA to distribute 50,000 free high visibility vests with
the Irish Farmers Journal and FBD

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is set to return to the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 18th-20th.

 The RSA’s stand at Europe’s leading agricultural trade exhibition will feature a  host of informative and engaging activities to educate attendees on road safety messages.

There will also be a demonstration area with a range of equipment as well as the RSA’s Road Safety Interactive Shuttle and Roll-Over Simulator.
 
This year, the RSA in association with the Irish Farmers Journal and FBD will hand out 50,000 high visibility vests from the Irish Farmers Journal stand. In addition, the RSA will distribute another 10,000 high viz items including high viz vests, armbands, drawstring bags and rucksack covers for the third year in the row. These safety initiatives are part of the RSA’s continued commitment to educating vulnerable road users on how to stay safe on Irish roads..

At the event, the RSA will be showcasing its new Oculus Rift 360 virtual reality experiences which give users an insight into what it’s like to be involved in a drink driving induced road traffic collision and live with the consequences.

RSA staff will be on hand to offer advice on the use of agricultural equipment or machinery and answer any queries on vehicle safety standards such as towing capacity, braking rules, lighting laws and vehicle maintenance requirements. Additionally, the RSA will be demonstrating how to check for bald tyres, observe blind spots and ensure drivers leave safe passing distances when overtaking cyclists and abide by 1.5m rule.

Speaking ahead of the national event, Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA, said: “The Ploughing Championships are a major highlight in the RSA’s calendar. In our commitment to educating the public on road safety we have introduced our interactive ‘Road to Safety’ quiz. So come along and take part, attend one of our many demonstrations taking place throughout the day and don’t forget to try out our new virtual reality experience, Road Safety Interactive Shuttle and Roll-Over Simulator.

In the RSA information marquee, sections will include:

  • Driver Education
  • Vehicle Testing and Enforcement
  • Emergency Services Driving Standard
  • Vehicle Testing and Licensing
  • Road Safety Education
  • National Office for Traffic Medicine
  • Check It Fits child car seat safety

 
Accompanying the Interactive Shuttle is the Roll-Over Simulator. This simulator continues to be a highly effective tool in encouraging people to use safety belts. The simulator is a car body fitted to a rotating hydraulic platform. Participants sit into the simulator and experience a half or a full rotation. The ‘simulation’ demonstrates the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seatbelt correctly in the event of collision. Demonstrations using life size mannequins will also show the impact of not wearing a seatbelt.
 
On the Interactive Shuttle, you can:

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our car, motorbike, & bicycle simulators.
  • Enjoy a fully interactive road safety educational experience
  • Experience first-hand the dangers of driving and texting, drink driving and driver fatigue in our virtual reality pods
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.
  • Practice the driver theory test
  • Test your fancy footwork by dancing to the Safe Cross Code
  • Take a road safety quiz in the activity zone
     
    The RSA will be located at block 2, row 9, stand number 209 at the National Ploughing Championship in Offaly from 18th to 20th September.
     

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