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Important Road Safety Notice from Kildare County Council


This Bank Holiday weekend, please take the following information into consideration if you are using the roads.


Please ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and safe to drive.Ensure that you, as a driver, are competent and responsible while driving your vehicle and that you are alert to all potential hazards around you.Drive within the designated speed limit, and reduce your speed accordingly to compensate for the road and weather conditions.Ensure that you and all your passengers are wearing a seatbelt, in the front and rear, and that where relevant, the correct child car seat is fitted and suitable for the child using it.Never use a hand held mobile phone while driving as it is dangerous and illegal. Never drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it is dangerous and illegal.


Stay alert - this is your key to survival.Be Visible – Wear a high visibility vest, armband or Sam Brown belt and carry a torch while out walking.When walking along a road with no footpaths, walk on the right hand side of the road facing on-coming traffic, bearing in mind to cross over the road before you turn a bend so that you have a good view of the road ahead.When crossing a road, always look for a safe place to cross. Never cross between parked vehicles or in front of high vehicles.


All cyclists must obey the rules of the road the same as any road user.Riding a bicycle which is too big or too small can be dangerous. When sitting on the saddle, both your feet should be able to touch the ground.Cyclists should always wear a cycle helmet as it reduces the risk of getting a head injury by up to 85%.Be Seen – Always wear fluorescent or reflective clothing while cycling.Ensure the lights and reflectors on the bicycle are clean, clear and working.Carry out a safety check on your bicycle by checking the bell, brakes, chain, gears, handlebars, lights, reflectors, mudguards, pedals, saddle, tyres and wheels.Adults should encourage and assist younger cyclists with a ‘Safety Check’.


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