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10 November 2010

Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), today Wednesday 10th of November 2010 has received a Weather Warning from Met Éireann alerting of stormy conditions this Thursday.

These winds will return to moderate on Friday. Gale force westerly winds of between 100 and 120km/hr are expected, with exposed areas of Connacht and Ulster forecast to receive gusts up to 140km/hr.

The RSA is asking road users to take extra care in these strong winds and have issued the following advice:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected. • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times •
  • Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling

Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
  • Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths
  • Consider postponing your trip unless it is absolutely necessary

To check weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie 

ENDS

For further information please contact: Communications Department, Road Safety Authority Tel. (096) 25008 Or

Brian Farrell, Communications Manager, RSA, 086-3881009


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