Funeral directors to distribute hi-vis vests

13.33 | 16 September 2011 |

Funeral directors at more than 100 churches across County Mayo in Ireland will be given hi-vis vests to distribute to volunteers who marshal funeral traffic.

Mayo County Council is issuing the vests with the aim to increase the visibility of the marshals who are often situated on unfamiliar, remote and dark lanes.

Noel Gibbons, road safety officer with Mayo County Council, says: “With clocks going back in a few weeks, we felt it was an opportune time to begin a road safety campaign. As evenings become darker people should remember the importance of being clearly visible to drivers.

“Despite the falling number of road deaths in recent years, there are still too many people losing their lives on Irish roads. We need to take every precaution to protect ourselves. Concentration by all road users can prevent these deaths.

“Visibility can be hampered during the winter months; therefore, it is important that we take responsible measures. Pedestrians can take a simple first step by wearing hi-vis vests. They may not be fashionable but they do save lives."

For more information contact Noel Gibbons on 0877870055.


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