• Ambitious targets include 50% reduction in road deaths and serious injuries by 2030
• Three phases of action plans over lifetime of strategy to reduce deaths and serious injuries
• Projected €3.8bn investment in road safety during first phase action plan to 2024
Minister of State in the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD has today launched Ireland’s fifth Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030.
Hosted by the Road Safety Authority, Health and Safety Authority and An Garda Síochán, the ERSharter seminar of Ireland took place the 10th of October in Dublin. Called « Driving for work », the seminar focused on the Work-related road safety issues and more specifically on Grey Fleet management. The main objective of the seminar was to give employers tools to implement employees targeted road safety measures and to create awareness around the grey fleet problematic.
We have place photos of our loved ones who were killed on the roads in white photo frames. The number of frames indicative of the numbers killed in one year. Numbers mean nothing to people but when they see the real people behind the statistics it has a huge impact. Each person killed, much more than just a number. We have taken our display to schools, road safety roadshows, companies, ploughing championships, outdoor events, and Houses of Parliament. In so doing we have helped to get road safety legislation passed which had been previously opposed.
I have for the last number of years been promoting this campaign throughout my local community/school/professional colleagues and trainees of mine. In 2014 I took the campaign to my local school but since then I have delivered the message to a mostly adult audience. I continue to promote awareness through the kids at school by way of promotional material from the Road Safety Authority in Ireland. My aim is to reduce the number of people who use their phones whilst driving, and raise Safety Awareness around cyclists on our roads.
Operation Safe Home was developed to help improve the system of children exiting the school at home time. Due to an increase in students attending the school and a rise in the number of road safety incidents occurring at this time an action plan was put into place .We currently have 497 pupils and expect to have over 500 pupils next Sept. The boy’s school is located within 300 metres of the girl’s school and has similar numbers. There is therefore a very high volume of traffic particularly in the evenings. The entrance to our school and the footpath are both very narrow.
Speaking to delegates at the One Young World Summit in Dublin 2014. Highlighting the plight of road traffic victims and bereaved families - the reality faced by them while dealing with the aftermath. Putting a human story to the statistics. Highlighting the human impact. The fight for information and for justice.
Working together with our colleagues in FEVR and in the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety & Road Victims -advocating for Road Victims - working to reduce road dangers - working to improve information, protection and supports for Road traffic Victims and for their bereaved families. Working to highlight the human impact of road traffic collisions and to raise road safety awareness, helping to reduce road dangers. Together, we can save lives and prevent needless suffering and loss of life.