Cork County Policing and Crime Forum Issue High Visibility Safety Appeal

By Seamus Whelehan

Car on asphalt road in summer

Chairman of the Cork County Council Policing and Crime Forum has urged the public to wear high visibility clothing in areas outside 50km zones, where no footpaths are in place.   Cllr Frank O’Flynn made his comments as Gardaí revealed that the number of pedestrians killed on our roads, rose last year.

42 pedestrians lost their lives on Irish roads in 2018, 14 of which were in Cork County, an increase of 3 on 2017 figures.  There were 6 deaths recorded in the Cork City Garda Division, with 4 each recorded by the Cork North and West Cork Garda districts.

The Fianna Fail Councillor appealed to all walkers, cyclists, and people in charge of animals to prepare for safety on the roads by wearing high visibility jackets and to adopt the motto “be seen be safe”.

“Day or night, everyone who walks on a road, rides a horse or drives cattle should have a high visibility jacket” he said.

High visibility jackets can be seen at a distance of 500 metres, almost the length of four football pitches, giving the motorist plenty of time to react to road users.  In contrast, if a high visibility jacket is not worn, an oncoming driver will not see the person until 50 metres away.