Irish Road Safety Week 2017

Irish Road Safety Week 2017

Irish Road Safety Week from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 October 2017

This year, Irish Road Safety Week (IRSW) will be taking place from Monday 2 October to Sunday 8 October with lots of road safety activities planned nationwide. We’re looking for your help with this national drive to save lives, so if there are events happening in your community, get involved and help to save lives on our roads.

We also want to hear what you’re doing to support Irish Road Safety Week in your community, school or workplace, so send the details to and we’ll post them on this page. We look forward to working with you to help save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads.

Here’s the list of what’s happening so far:

  • On Monday 2 October, the RSA will host its Annual Academic Lecture in the The Corrigan Hall, Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street. The theme of this year’s lecture is 30km/h speed limits and will be attended by a wide variety of road safety stakeholders.
  • On Wednesday 4 October: The RSA and the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) will jointly run Tyre Safety Day where free tyre checks will be on offer to motorists in participating garages. More information will be on . A copy of ‘Your guide to Tyre Safety’ which includes information on buying second hand tyres can be downloaded here.
  • The RSA, Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána are hosting a Driving for Work Seminar on ‘Managing Driving for Work’ for employers on Wednesday 4 October in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick from 8.30am to 1pm. Places are limited so email to register your place by Friday 30 September.
  • The RSA will be airing its winter ready radio advert throughout the week. As the winter months are approaching its time to make sure your vehicle is maintained ahead of the winter season.
  • The second Driving for work Seminar hosted by the RSA, HSA and An Garda Síochána on ‘Managing Driving for Work’ for employers will take place on Thursday 5 October in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork from 8.30am to 1pm. Places are limited so email to register your place by Friday 30 September.
  • National “Beep Beep Day” takes place on Friday 6 October 2017. Beep Beep Day is a chance for Pre-schoolers to get involved in road safety. Please place your orders through the RSA Online Orders system here in plenty of time to have your packs in time. We have limited supply of stocks so place your orders as soon as possible.

The RSA will be launching a vehicle maintenance campaign following the development of a series of online videos presented by motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert.  These have been developed based on the RSA's 12 Car Safety Checks Booklet.

The RSA Shuttle and Rollover will be visiting a number of schools through Irish Road Safety Week. It’s in the Youth Action Project Sligo (YAPS) /Sligo Rotary Club from 2-6 October and the Taste of the Lakelands Festival in Lanesborough on the 7th October.

The YAPS Road Safety programme is an annual joint initiative between YAPS, An Garda Síochána, RSA and Sligo County Council. It involves the RSA Roll-over simulator and Shuttle, NCYCS Information Stand, YAPS Project Staff and An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps. YAPS Project staff contact all secondary schools in Sligo to book in their group for the event.

Taste of the Lakelands is an international Food Festival based at Lough Ree. There will be live cookery demonstrations by some of Ireland’s top chefs plus stands from over 60 local food producers.

There will be a number of free giveaways on certain RSA’s social media channels during the week.

The RSA ‘StreetSmart’ brings road safety to life in a fun way for young children aged between 4 and 12. Using a ‘streetscape’ map, children wander the street scene and learn more about important road safety skills. StreetSmart will be at Kennedy Park National School in Wexford from the 2nd to the 6th October.

Check it Fits, the RSA’s free child car seat checking service in partnership with Toyota, will be visiting Co. Louth (Drogheda, Ardee and Dundalk) during Irish Road Safety Week. Get your child car seat checked and drive away with peace of mind that your child is travelling safely in the car. For more details on these and other locations please visit the Check it Fits section of our website here.

In October, the RSA will also be distributing its ‘Back to School’ pack to secondary students, while Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi Glo Silver will be making an appearance at primary level.

Our National Road Safety Education Service will be travelling the length and breadth of the the country, delivering road safety education programmes to crèches, schools, universities, workplaces and communities throughout the week.

Galway County and City Council’s Road Safety Together group have organised a number of activities for Irish Road Safety week such as Road Safety Display Stand in County Hall’s Atrium, a Fire Service Demonstration - Campaign aimed at Young Drivers-to-Be at Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán,  a Be Safe, Be Seen! - Campaign aimed at NUIG Students and GMIT student and Specsavers in Eyre Square and Headford Road are kindly offering FREE Eye Tests. Find out more here.

Sweeney's Garage in Arklow are offering free tyre checks and advice on tyres to all motorists in their area on Wednesday.