28 October 2011
Road-Users Urged to 'Be Safe, Be Seen' as Clocks Go Back
With the clocks going back this weekend and evenings set to get darker, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reminding road-users to ensure they can be clearly seen when out walking or cycling on the roads. The most effective way to do this is by wearing high visibility clothing such as a high viz vest or a Sam Browne belt, carrying a torch when out on the roads and by ensuring you have working lights on your bicycle.
Mr. Noel Brett, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: “From this weekend, it will be getting darker much earlier, so it’s vitally important that walkers and cyclists ensure they are visible at all times when using the roads. Other road-users have a much better chance of seeing you if you are wearing bright clothing and carrying a torch so please don’t put your life at risk by making it difficult for drivers to see you. If you cycle, make sure your bicycle is fitted with working lights, both front and rear and check them regularly to make sure they’re working. If you are walking, wear high visibility material such as a vest, jacket or a Sam Browne belt and carry a torch.”
Mr Brett also encouraged parents to ensure their children stay safe on the roads: “As the evenings get darker, it’s even more important to ensure that children are streetwise about road safety at all times. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure that your child wears high visibility material whenever they’re out walking or cycling, particularly to and from school, so that other road-users can see them. This year, the RSA has once again partnered with ESB Electric Ireland to make 80,000 high visibility vests available to every child starting school this year and ensure children can be clearly seen on the roads.”
“So if your child walks or cycles to school, make sure they wear reflective clothing and have working lights on their bicycle. If your child gets the bus to school, it’s also important that they can be seen at the bus stop by the bus driver and other road-users. I would also urge other road-users to be extra aware of children who may be walking or cycling to school during darker periods of the day.”
Mr Ken McKervey, Commercial Manager, ESB Electric Ireland said: “For the second year running, the ESB is committed to providing every child starting school this year with a high visibility vest as part of our campaign with the Road Safety Authority. High visibility material is a simple way to ensure that your child can be seen by other road-users when walking or cycling on the roads and this is particularly important as the evenings get darker.”
The RSA is also asking parents to ensure their children stay safe on the roads when trick or treating this Halloween by making reflective material part of their child’s costumes and by encouraging their children to carry a torch at all times. Accompanying adults are also advised to wear a high viz vest.
For further road safety information for parents and children, visit www.rsa.ie
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