By Rebekah O’Reilly
The Road Safety Authority is hosting its annual Irish Road Safety Week this week from Monday, October 2 to Sunday, October 8. A number of events are being held throughout the week to encourage road users to be responsible on the roads.
Ahead of Road Safety Week, the RSA reminded road users of the Rules of the Road in regard to driving on the motorway: the maximum speed limit is 120 km/hr, always remain in the left lane- unless overtaking, be cautious and vigilant in checking your mirrors and blind spots, and remember to leave enough space in front to allow for safe stopping.
Road Safety Week Events
Monday October 2: Tyre Safety Day
The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) are inviting all motorists to get a free tyre pressure check and thread depth inspection during Road Safety Week.
The minimum permitted thread depth is 1.6mm. For safety reasons, it is recommended that each tyre should have a thread depth of at least 3.0mm.
Wednesday October 4: RSA Annual Conference
The RSA Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday October 4, and will focus on the theme of serious injuries. The conference is set to feature international speakers who will talk about best practices in regard to this issue.
A panel discussion will take place in the afternoon session, and will speak about E-scooters, with international speakers sharing their policies and experiences.
Friday October 6: National Child Safety Day
Over 40,000 high visibility vests have been ordered by pre-schools, as they gear up to take part in National Child Safety Day.
Pre-schoolers will be given RSA Beep Beep packs, enabling children to get involved in Road Safety Week.
Road Safety Statistics in Galway
Findings in the RSA Preliminary Analysis of Road Traffic Fatalities for the first half of 2023 show that Galway had the highest number of fatalities in the country.
11 fatalities were recorded for the county, 6 of which were passengers, 3 were pedestrians and 2 were drivers. Compared to the same period in 2022, there are 8 more fatalities recorded for this year.
The RSA encourages people to support events in their local communities for Road Safety Week.
For more information on events, or road safety guidelines, see the Road Safety Authority website.