Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Safety Strategy

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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499. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 578 of 25 November 2014 if he will provide details on strategies in place to lower the number of rural pedestrians killed on our roads annually. [47298/14]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The strategies outlined in the Road Safety Strategy include the implementation of specific educational measures aimed at vulnerable road users. These include the safe crossing of roads by pedestrians, the awareness by motorists of intoxicated pedestrians, the awareness by road users (including pedestrians) of blind spots on heavy goods vehicles, the awareness of road users and workers at road works and the general duty of care for young and older people by motorists. The strategy also outlines the promotion of the voluntary use of high visibility material for pedestrians.  

The Road Safety Authority has introduced road safety awareness campaigns that promote Personal Protection Equipment for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists), and which support a modal shift to healthier forms of mobility such as walking and cycling. Road Safety Authority campaigns which aired on television in 2014 raised awareness of cycle safety, the issue of drunk pedestrians, the danger of using mobile phones while driving, and driving without using seatbelts.


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