Winter road safety warning
Winter road safety awareness was highlighted by Louth County Council's Road Safety Officer this week, with an appeal to motorists to exercise caution and be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists.
Adrian O'Sullivan, Road Safety Officer for County Louth said: 'Vulnerable road users are also reminded to 'be safe and be seen', particularly on poorly-lit rural roads.
'Wearing clothing such as a high visibility vest or a Sam Browne belt can help to increase your visibility to other road users. Cyclists and motorcycles should ensure their lights are in working order and pedestrians should carry a torch when walking on dark roads,' he added.
'All road users need to be mindful that they are sharing the road. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists can be difficult to see on dark evenings and mornings particularly if the weather is bad. In dark clothing, a pedestrian or cyclist may only be visible at 30 metres away, in low beam headlights. By wearing something reflective they can become visible at up to150 metres,'said Adrian O'Sullivan,
He added: 'To date in 2019, a total of 41 pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists have been killed on Irish roads. Motorists should adjust their driving behaviour to protect vulnerable road users.
'Heed your speed, slow down, keep your eyes on the road and don't risk overtaking unless it is safe to do so. The Road Safety Authority have a range of high visibility clothing which can be ordered free of charge from their website www.rsa.ie.'
To date this year, 111 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of 6 when compared to the same period in 2018, three of which have occurred in County Louth.