This year there has been 78 casualties Next week, Irish Road Safety Week (IRSW) will run from Monday 1st October as part of their national drive to save lives campaign.
Running from the 1st, until Sunday 7th, Road Safety Week has planned a range of nationwide activities to take place over the course of the week. So far the RSA have eight events planned as part of the week-long initiative.
Its Annual Academic Lecture is to be held in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin and will be attended by a variety of road safety stakeholders to discuss pedestrian safety. On Wednesday, a Tyre Safety Day has been organised, with a tyre safety guide available for download here. Wednesday will also see the RSA Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána come together to present a Driving for Work Seminar for employers, highlighting how drivers can manage distraction, how they shouldn’t multitask when behind the wheel, and present a profile of the drivers typically involved in road accidents. Other activities include: National Beep Beep Day, visits from the RSA Shuttle and Rollover, the RSA StreetSmart programme, and delivering the National Road Safety Education Service to crèches, schools, universities, workplaces and communities across the country.
Last year, Irish roads saw a decrease in road deaths – 2017 witnessed 157 fatalities as a result of road safety, compared to 186 in 2016. One fifth of drivers and passengers killed in road accidents last year were not wearing a seatbelt. As of the 30th of June this year, there have been 73 fatal collisions on Irish roads; leading to 78 casualties according to a provisional review by the RSA.
Local Authorities across the country are asking for the support of communities and road uses during Road Safety Week, and to make a conscious effort to make safe, smart decisions when using Irish roads.