Travel & Transport

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council urge Road Users to ‘Stay Bright’ this winter

Friday, December 16, 2016
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in conjunction with pupils from Dominican Convent School in Dún Laoghaire and An Garda Síochána  today distributed high visibility vests in Dún Laoghaire as part of a road safety initiative urging road users to ensure they can be clearly seen while out walking, running or cycling on the roads in the County. Wearing a high visibility vest is a simple way to make sure you can be seen when using public roads or footways in periods of darkness. 

Commenting at the road safety initiative An Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Devlin said “The initiative is to educate vulnerable road-users of the need to be seen in order to be safe on roads. With evenings getting darker earlier and with fewer hours of daylight, it is even more important for walkers, runners and cyclists to ensure they can be seen by other road-users when out on the roads and when crossing roads especially in periods of poor weather conditions. The most effective way to do this is to wear high visibility vests. This can be a simple but effective road safety measure “.

To date, 181 people have been killed on Irish roads this year, 35 more road deaths when compared to the same period in 2015. Of these, 33 were pedestrians, 20 were motor cyclists and 10 were pedal cyclists. In the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area during 2016, 3 fatal road collisions occurred.

On December 13th, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council presented a report to the Transportation and County Wide Movement Strategic Policy Committee reviewing Year 1 of the Council Road Safety Plan 2015 to 2020 highlighting outlined actions and activities carried out during 2016, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and other agencies, under Education, Engineering and Enforcement.