Today is European day without a road death - what does it all mean?
Published 21/09/2016 | 09:17
Gardaí are pleading with drivers to be safe today in their bid to have a day without a road death across Europe.
Project EDWARD (European Day Without a Road Death) is currently underway across Irish roads.
The initiative, organised by TISPOL, the traffic police network in Europe, is aimed at having no road fatalities across Europe on Wednesday.
There have already been 134 deaths on Irish roads in 2016 - 20 more than in the same period last year.
RSA director Pearse White emphasised that road safety was a shared responsibility. He said Irish people had to improve how they used the roads.
"You might think it's OK to drive a little bit above the speed limit, or to just have a couple of drinks and drive home, or to not bother putting you seatbelt on in the car. But the tragic reality is that these actions could have serious and devastating consequences for others."
Gardaí are asking motorists to take the following pledge:
I promise that I will:
- Remind my family, friends and colleagues to take extra care on the roads.
- Put my lights on for safety.
- Drive as safely as I can and follow the rules when behind the wheel or riding a motorbike or bicycle.
- Be extra vigilant and attentive to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, children, older people and horse riders.
- Drive at speeds that are both legal and safe.
- Carry out proper safety checks on my tyres.
- Pay particular attention when driving near schools, and where there are lots of children.
- Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs/medicines that could impair safety.
- Look as far ahead as possible and not tailgate other drivers
- Always wear my seat belt and ensure that everyone with me wears theirs.
- Not use my mobile phone while driving.
- Ensuring I am not distracted by anything inside or outside the car, or inside my head.
- Set a good example to my passengers by driving calmly and safely.