News » RSA and Electric Ireland Urge People to 'Get Your Viz On!' 2015-02-05

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Electric Ireland have teamed up to launch the first ever National Be Safe, Be Seen Day which will take place on Thursday 22nd December, the shortest and darkest day of the year. The purpose of the day is to remind road-users to wear high visibility material when out walking or cycling, particularly as the evenings get darker, in order to stay safe on the roads.

To date this year (Friday 16th December), 175 people have died on Irish roads and among them were 40 pedestrians. 16 of the pedestrian deaths were road-users aged 56 and over (11 were aged 71+). 9 cyclists have also been killed so far this year.

Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: "At this time of year, pedestrians and cyclists are more vulnerable on the roads, simply because there are more hours of darkness and visibility is poorer. To date this year, 175 people have died on our roads and among them were 40 pedestrians and 9 cyclists."

"Wearing high visibility material is a simple and effective way to make sure you are clearly seen by other road-users when out walking or cycling. Without it, you are putting your life at risk by making it extremely difficult for other road-users to see you. So please get your viz on and show your support for 'National Be Safe, Be Seen Day' this Thursday. It could save your life."

Brid Horan, Executive Director, ESB Services & Electric Ireland said: "We are delighted to partner the Road Safety Authority for ‘National Be Safe, Be Seen Day’. This is a very important campaign for Electric Ireland which we support by providing every child starting school with a high visibility vest. This is a simple and effective way to ensure your child can be seen by other road-users when walking or cycling to school. This is even more important in winter months when the evenings are darker."

The RSA and Electric Ireland are asking people around the country to support 'National Be Safe, Be Seen Day' by tweeting photos of themselves wearing their high viz vest or jacket on their way to work, college or school to encourage others to follow their example. Photos should be tweeted to the RSA - @RSAIreland - or to Electric Ireland - @ElectricIreland. The five best photos will receive high visibility material for their school, class or workplace.

Mr Brett also reminded road-users to use their Daytime Running Lights and drive with their dipped headlights on at all times. "Lights aren’t just for night-time. Using dipped headlights during the day makes it easier to see oncoming vehicles in the distance and prevents daytime head-on and front-corner collisions," he said.

Between 1996 and 2009, 5,323 people were killed on Irish roads. 1 in 4 (22%) were pedestrians. An additional 3,863 pedestrians were seriously injured in the same period. Over the same period, 197 pedal cyclists have been killed on Irish roads representing 4% of all road deaths. An additional 741 cyclists were seriously injured. More than two-thirds of fatal pedestrian collisions happen at night.

For further information on high visibility, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and Daytime Running Lights, please visit www.rsa.ie

Link to the original artilce you can see here

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