Tuesday 21 November 2017

VIDEO: Parents and teachers urged to put road safety on 'back to school checklist'

Cathal Austin

As the country's schools prepare to re-open their doors, the Road Safety Authority today urged parents and teachers to put road safety on the 'back to school checklist'.

Five young members of the Atomic Stage School in Dublin put their safe cross code dance on display at St Stephen's Green this morning, to raise the profile of road safety ahead of the new school year.

Speaking at the event, Moyagh Murdoch, chief executive of the RSA, announced that over 85,000 high visibility jackets are to be distributed to schools around Ireland in an effort to combat deaths on the road, which totaled 14 in 2014.

"This year has been significantly better for child safety, but we still have lost 3 children on Irish roads," she said.

"We want to raise awareness in drivers, and we are urging parents, teachers and school boards to come together to implement safe traffic plans around school gates".

Visibility has been pegged as a large factor in the campaign for safer roads.

As the evenings get shorter and the mornings darker, parents are being urged to ensure their children wear their high-vis jackets on their journeys to and from school.

The campaign will also attempt to combat some of the bad habits that drivers have when parking at schools, which include; double-parking, mounting curbs and blocking pathways.

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