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2015 Irish Road Safety Week (5th October - 11th October 2015)

Motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclist and passengers of all age groups are this week being encouraged to improve their behavior, attitude and actions while using the road. This week is Irish Road Safety Week which runs from 5th October to Sunday 11th October, and in addition to the many road safety activities taking place throughout the county, people are being asked to play their part in continuing to make Kildare roads even safer again.

This year’s campaigns will focus on the areas of Child Safety, Tyre Safety and Cycling Safety.

Kildare County Council’s road safety officer will deliver road safety education and advice to almost two thousand primary and secondary school students during the week in addition to promoting road safety in partnership with local businesses and industrial premises, in town centres and also at shopping centres over the coming week.

Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh says this week is an important week in the calendar and it’s a week in which all road users should take advantage of the week and make that extra effort in order to change their driving and cycling behavior and update their road awareness skills in a positive way. “Making the roads safe doesn’t just mean having a safe road to travel on. It’s also about the people who use the roads and it’s up to each and every one of us, as road users, to ensure we do so safely and wisely, and having complete awareness and attention all around us.”

Declan Keogh added “Road Safety Week is an important week in the calendar and every single person should use this particular week to help change their driving and cycling behavior, or for pedestrians and other vulnerable people, they should think of how can I get across that road safely, as opposed to crossing it quickly, because let’s face it, the quickest option may not always be the safest one”.

While the loss of any person’s life on the roads in a terrible loss, and it’s a loss that can never be changed or reversed, the cost of a road fatality is not just the loss of a life, it’s the long-term heartbreak and agony that follows for so many family members, close friends and the community in general.

By Thursday 1st October this year, up to 120 people has died on the Ireland’s roads as a result of 115 road traffic collisions. This year so far, five people have lost their lives on Kildare roads following two separate collisions, compared to four fatalities last year.

Emergency Services see the real horror of a collision
Gardai and members of the Fire and Ambulance service are most likely the ones who see the real and early horror on the roads because they are the ‘first responders’ who are called to so many serious collisions on our roads. Kildare Fire Service has attended in the region of 276 Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) this year so far, and aside from the human cost of a collision, there is also a financial cost, such as costs to the emergency services who respond to these collisions which many people wouldn’t consider.

Kildare Fire Service estimates an associated cost of manpower to the 276 RTC’s they have responded to this year alone in the region of €160,000. These collisions range from very minor, some are false alarms and then other are more serious and take time to deal with. Some crashes vary from a single vehicle collision to multiple vehicles. Kildare’s Chief Fire Officer Celina Barrett said "Road traffic accidents are one of the top five incident types that Kildare Fire Service responds to each year.  This road safety week I would ask all road users to slow down and always wear a seat belt. We would particularly remind rear seat passengers that it is important to put on their seat belt for every journey no matter how short.  Some of the more serious injuries we have seen recently have been rear seat passengers without seatbelts."

The National Ambulance Service are more likely attend to far more collisions than the fire service, however, while injuries to casualties as witnessed by both ambulance paramedics and firefighters as a result of collisions may vary, it must be difficult for those from with both services to fathom or come to terms with how such a simple task of slowing down or wearing a seatbelt could have prevent such injuries from occurring in the first place.

Martin Dunne is Director of the National Ambulance Service. He welcomes road safety week and says "It is important that everyone on our roads is conscious of road safety. It is very important to wear your seat belt when in a vehicle. The injuries that can be sustained from something as simple as not wearing your seatbelt can be at a minimum life changing if not fatal."  Mr. Dunne concluded “Road safety is everyone's responsibility and simple things can make a big difference when it comes to safety."

County Kildare holds the safest record.
County Kildare has seen an improvement in terms of road safety awareness and significant reductions in the numbers of people being killed on Kildare roads in the past number of years. A recent report issued by the Dept. of Transport and the Garda National Traffic Bureau revels that County Kildare has the safest record per population in the past three years. Declan Keogh says this record is due to a number of positive factors. “The fact that Kildare has a substantial motorway network across the county helps our cause as motorways are by far the safest type of road to travel on, plus the attitude and positive change in driving behavior by Kildare people has also helped, in addition to the continuous traffic law enforcement by the Gardai and the improvement works and commitment by Kildare County Council and its Transportation staff; all these factors have helped make Kildare the safest county in Ireland in terms of road safety and safer roads” he said.

He concluded “Sharing the road, having patience and by showing courtesy and consideration for our fellow road users is only the start of making our roads safer. It all starts with us as individuals and I sincerely hope that people use Road Safety Week in a positive way to improve their own behavior but also to help those who may not be as well-up or wise to road safety awareness”.

2014 Irish Road Safety Week - 7th - 13th october 2013

As part of local and national activities, there are a number of ways in which you can help promote road safety in your community.

'Make a Change'
Why not become part of our first social media campaign 'Make a Change'. Simply change your Facebook Timeline to the Road Safety Week Timeline banner, which will still allow for space for your own profile picture or logo. Even if it is just for one hour, one evening or one day, who knows, for that one time, you could help save even one life!

Primary School Competition
Parents/Guardians of primary school students. The annual Road Safety Week art competition for the 2014 Schools Road Safety calendar opens this week. All schools are being issued with a competition page, however, if you would like your child them to enter, simply download the entry form from our website.

Post Primary School
This week we launch a new initiative in Post-Primary Schools called 'Senior Schools Road Safety Ambassador'. Each secondary school will have two appointed Road Safety Ambassadors who will liaise with the TY or LCA Co-Ordinators in the school and the Road Safety Officer in the Council, to further promote road safety among their fellow students, and play an active part in road safety.

Entry Form for Primary Schools

File Size: 274KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Timeline banner

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