Put road safety on your
‘back to school’ checklist

New research from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed that one child (0-14 years old) was killed and four children were seriously injured on Leitrim roads in the period 2006 to 2012.

New research from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed that one child (0-14 years old) was killed and four children were seriously injured on Leitrim roads in the period 2006 to 2012.

This report was published as the RSA and Electric Ireland teamed up for the fifth year running to distribute 85,500 high visibility vests to every child starting school this year.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Electric Ireland urges parents, guardians and teachers to make road safety a priority as 13 children under the age of 14 have died in the first eight months of the year on Irish roads.

In 2013, six children lost their lives, meaning the number of child casualties so far this year has already exceeded the total number of child deaths in 2013. Six of the children who died on our roads this year were pedestrians, six were car passengers and one was a quad bike user.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe encouraged parents and teachers to renew their commitment to educating our youngest road-users about road safety, saying, “The increase in child casualties on our roads this year is incredibly worrying, after many years of seeing year-on-year decreases.

“We would urge parents and guardians to consider bicycle helmets, bike lights and hi-vis vests or jackets when preparing their ‘back to school’ shopping lists to ensure their children are safe on the roads when travelling to and from school.”

Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority commented, “We are delighted to work with Electric Ireland to ensure every child who is starting school this year has a high visibility vest to keep them safe and seen on their way to and from school. Every year, we remind parents and guardians to make sure that road safety is a top priority on their child’s back to school checklist. This year, with the rise in deaths of children on our roads, we would ask parents and guardians to more than ever keep road safety top of mind. Children are the most vulnerable of our road-users so it is really important that they are ‘streetwise’ about road safety.”