Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on the Road Safety Authority to consider issuing high visibility strips for school bags for students in primary and secondary schools as a road safety measure, and to promote road safety awareness.
Deputy Munster said:
“Vulnerable road users represented over one third of all road deaths in 2016. There are many contributory reasons for this, including the poor condition of many of our roads, inadequate public lighting in some areas and dangerous junctions, all of which contribute to the vulnerability of pedestrians. Statistics from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show that the most dangerous two hour period on our roads in 2016 was between 4pm to 6pm, when 29 people lost their lives and overall two thirds of pedestrians were killed in hours of darkness. ”
“I hope the RSA will agree to distribute high visibility strips for schoolbags for all school going children, as not only will it help to protect them, it will also further enhance road safety awareness around pedestrians.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed funding from the Council to improve safety at Drumcar Bridge.
Cllr McGeough said “I have been highlighting the safety concerns around this bridge for quite some time now and am relieved and pleased that the matter is going to be addressed.”
” As well as the bridge needing improvement safety, with massive HGV’s crossing it I was equally concerned about the surrounds which have a protected structure close by. Hopefully the planned works will resolve the issue. I am waiting for clarification from the Council as to the details of the works planned but am pleased that my persistence on this matter is finally paying dividends.”
Pictured: Pearse McGeough at Drumcar Bridge
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the completion of a barrier at an alleyway in Clogherhead that has seen a few close calls with children.
Cllr Cunningham said “The alleyway is between two estates: Gort Uaine and John Kirk Estate and it’s a wide path that is enticing to children on bicycles or just running to speed through it. Unfortunately, at both ends, there are busy roads and a few times the kids weren’t able to stop. There have been a few close calls and thankfully no-one was hurt but it was an accident waiting to happen.”
The alleyway in question is beside the primary school main entrance which is in the John Kirk Estate.
Cllr Cunningham said “The Council have erected a safety barrier at the John Kirk side and will have the Gort Uaine end done early next week. It is a very simple thing but child safety is a priority and this could help save a life.”
Before the safety barrier
After the safety Barrier