Sunday 19 January 2020

Children urged to stay visible and safe

James Kelly (5), from Dublin, at the launch of the Road Safety Authority ESB Networks ‘Back to School’ road safety campaign in Dublin
James Kelly (5), from Dublin, at the launch of the Road Safety Authority ESB Networks ‘Back to School’ road safety campaign in Dublin

Allison Bray

Parents are being urged to educate their children on road safety as they return to school next week.

Transport Minister Shane Ross said children should avail of free high-visibility vests being distributed to school children next week.

Isla Garvie (left) with Layla Bishti, Peter McKeagney, Orla Maguire Murphy, Jacob Butler O’Reilly and James Kelly with Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority; Geoff Liffey, CEO Cycling Ireland; and Marguerite Sayers, managing director ESB Networks at the launch. Photo: Robbie Reynold
Isla Garvie (left) with Layla Bishti, Peter McKeagney, Orla Maguire Murphy, Jacob Butler O’Reilly and James Kelly with Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority; Geoff Liffey, CEO Cycling Ireland; and Marguerite Sayers, managing director ESB Networks at the launch. Photo: Robbie Reynold

Parents and children should familiarise themselves with a new cycle training programme, The National Standard for Cycle Training.

A 'Safe Cross Code' CD and posters with the words of the 'Safe Cross Code' song and dance will be placed in classrooms.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Automobile Association (AA) are reminding road users to expect heavier volumes of traffic as children and college students return to studies and other road users return from summer holidays.

"In addition to the inevitable increased traffic levels, motorists and other road users should be conscious of children walking and cycling to and from school," said RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said.

"Drivers need to pay attention to their speed, particularly in urban areas."

Irish Independent

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