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Gardai and RSA urge road users to 'be safe and be seen' during the dark winter months

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Gardai and RSA urge road users to 'be safe and be seen' during the dark winter months

With the clocks going back this weekend gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are urging road users to ‘be safe and be seen’.

Over the past five years, six people have been killed and 33 people have been seriously injured during the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

October Bank Holiday Weekend, Fatalities and Serious Injuries (2011 to 2015):

Year Killed / Seriously Injured
2011     3              11
2012     1               3
2013     1               4
2014*   1               8
2015*   0               7
TOTAL   6              33

The RSA and gardai are urging people to wear high visibility clothing when cycling, walking, or motorcycling during the dark winter months.

They also recommend that cyclists and motorists ensure that that their lights are in full working order.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD said:

 "The evenings will get much darker from this weekend on, so it is even more important that pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists wear high visibility clothing when out on the road. Don’t put your life, or the lives of others, at risk by making it difficult for other road-users to see you.”

To help drivers stay alert behind the wheel over the Bank Holiday Weekend, the RSA and Applegreen will provide free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 28 October and Monday 31 October at participating service stations. Simply say ‘RSA’ or ‘Driver Reviver’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee. A list of participating stations is available at www.applegreenstores.com/ie/locations

To date this year, 159 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of 32 when compared to the same period last year.