Garda have a treat for road users this Halloween

Posted in Connect on October 18, 2018.

As Halloween approaches Gardai in Co. Mayo have a new trick up their sleeve or is it a treat in their boot?

In an innovative move designed to reduce the death toll on Irish roads, all Garda cars in Co Mayo are to carry a stock in all their patrol vehicles of high-visibility vests to be given out to poorly-lit pedestrians and cyclists

Be seen and be safe – that’s the message to all road users in Co. Mayo as the evenings get darker. Their costumes may be out of this world, but are often made with a dark colour material and hard to see by motorists.

Mayo County Council is reminding pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike to make themselves more visible during the dark winter nights.

High-visibility vests are to be handed out by Garda to poorly-lit pedestrians and cyclists in County Mayo as part of an initiative to reduce the county’s casualties.

The County Council is urging pedestrians to wear fluorescent or bright clothing in the daytime and reflective material at night to make them more visible to drivers.

At the same time, motorists are being urged to use their headlights so that not only can they see other road users but they, themselves, can be seen.

Without reflective clothing or accessories a pedestrian or cyclist is only visible, in low beam headlights, from 30 metres away. By wearing or using reflective items they become visible at 150 metres, giving drivers five times the distance to notice and avoid them.

Hi Viz vests, provided by the Road Safety Authority, have been distributed to stations across the County. Gardai on mobile patrol will hand them out to pedestrians and cyclists who are not properly visible.

Noel Gibbons Road safety Officer Mayo County Council , said: “It is crucial when using the road at night-time that you are seen. As always, we urge people to wear high-visibility vests, reflective bands and to carry a torch.

“Now Garda cars will also be carrying high-visibility vests that officers can give out to people they encounter on the road who are not properly lit up.”

“Already in 2018, 17 pedestrians and 7 pedal cyclists have been killed on roads around Ireland. We are delighted Gardai are handing out the high-visibility vests because it helps to hammer home our Be Safe, Be Seen message.”


Pictured at handing over of High viz Vests from left: Marie Moran, Eilish Mulherin RSA, Ethan Dixon, Neil Sheridan MCC, and  Garda John Flanagan,  Roads Policing; Cllr Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach Mayo Co Co, Noel Gibbons, Roads Safety Office Mayo Co Co , Reya Gitoler, and Garda Srg Sean Cunnane, Roads Policing. Photo: © Michael Donnelly

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