October 28, 2020
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Wicklow road users warned to ‘be safe be seen’ ahead of shortest day of the year

Wicklow road users  are being urged to be careful ahead of ‘National Be Safe Be Seen Day’ the shortest day of the year, which tomorrow, December 22.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and ESB Networks are calling on the public to don high visibility clothing, carry torches and take appropriate precautions when using the roads.

‘National Be Safe, Be Seen Day’ aims to remind people of the importance of wearing high visibility material when out walking, cycling or motorcycling and encourages the public to do so throughout the year, but especially on the shortest day of the year and during the darkest months of the year.

Approximately 60% of fatal pedestrian collisions happen in hours of darkness.

Up to December 20, 141 people died on Irish roads, compared to 135 deaths this time last year.

Vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, accounted for 50 deaths; 26 pedestrians, 16 motorcyclists and eight cyclists killed on roads so far, this year.

“Research on serious road collisions between 2014 and 2017 found that 50 % of those who suffered serious injuries were vulnerable road users,” Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, Moyagh Murdock, said.

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