Pedestrians warned to make sure drivers can see them
PEDESTRIANS have been warned to wear high-visibility clothing while walking to help prevent needless deaths on the roads.
Some 11 pedestrians have been killed so far this year, or one in five of all road deaths. Last year, the total was 28.
The call to take extra care was made by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar as part of UN Global Road Safety Week, which runs until next Sunday.
The theme is 'pedestrian safety', and road safety bosses across the island have called on motorists and vulnerable road users to take extra care.
"People have really embraced outdoor activities like walking and cycling," Mr Varadkar said.
"It's healthy, it's enjoyable and it's a great alternative to the car. However, pedestrians also need to take great care on the roads, as they are among the most vulnerable road users."
More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed on the world's roads each week. In Ireland, 37 pedestrians were killed on roads, north and south, in 2012.
Assistant Garda Commissioner Gerard Phillips said there were a number of simple measures people could take to avoid death or serious injury.
"When on roads without a footpath, such as rural roads, we ask that all pedestrians walk on the right-hand side thereby facing oncoming traffic and always wear some form of high visibility clothing," he said .