Bid to keep pupils safe with 80,000 visibility vests
PARENTS are being urged to make sure their children use the high-visibility vests that will be provided for every pupil who starts school next week.
The aim of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) scheme is to cut the alarming number of road deaths among this very vulnerable group.
Last year, a shocking 14 children under the age of 15 died on the roads during daylight, either as pedestrians or passengers.
Some 80,000 vests are being distributed to all new junior infants and the RSA pleaded with parents yesterday to ensure that they are worn each day by children travelling to and from school.
Noel Brett, RSA chief executive, said the initiative, sponsored by the ESB, would be worthwhile "if even one life was saved".
He continued: "I'm pleading with parents to make sure they get their children to wear the high-vis vests. Please don't leave them in the cupboard. They can save lives."
The vests must be worn, irrespective of how the child travels -- by car, bicycle or on foot.
Mr Brett also urged schools to adopt proper safety plans for the dropping off and collection of pupils.
Of the 14 children killed last year, seven were aged under five, while six were aged between 10 and 15.