We're on the road back

We're on the road back

We're on the road back

Drivers reminded to slow down as there are more people walking and cycling
Drivers urged to make basic safety checks on vehicles before returning to the road

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána launched a new road safety campaign urging road users to be extra cautious as the roads get busier, and to realise that they have changed due to increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians on Irish roads.

It follows the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions which now allow travel within a 20km limit of the home or within the county boundary.

The new road safety campaign ‘We’re on the road back. Make it a safer one’, reminds us that as we gradually begin to leave our homes more, we’ll see more cars back on the road and many more pedestrians and cyclists about.

As we adjust to a new normal, we can choose a new normal for our roads too – making them a safer place for everyone.

 

Our advice is simple;

Drivers

  • are being urged to slow down, avoid distractions while driving and to take care when passing pedestrians and cyclists.
  • look out for pedestrians and cyclists as there may be an increase of them on the roads.
  • to ensure their vehicle, which may not have been driven for some time, is roadworthy by undertaking some basic maintenance checks in advance of setting off. With many people working from home, they may be out of the habit of driving; drivers are being encouraged to make sure they are comfortable and familiar with their vehicles again before going on any journey.

Pedestrians

  • Are reminded to use the footpath and if there is none, to walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.

 Cyclists

  • Are reminded to follow the rules of the road at all times

 

The RSA and An Garda Síochána ‘We’re on the road back. Make it a safer one’ campaign, includes two new radio adverts that airs on national and local radio. It is be supported by digital and social media activity.