Garda cars in Co Mayo in Ireland are to carry a stock of high-visibility vests to be given out to poorly-lit pedestrians and cyclists. The vests have been provided by the Road Safety Authority in Ireland.
Mayo County Council is urging pedestrians and cyclists to make themselves more visible during the dark winter nights, asking them to wear fluorescent or bright clothing in the daytime and reflective material at night.
At the same time, motorists are being urged to use their headlights so that not only can they see other road users but they, themselves, can be seen.
Mayo council’s road safety team claims that without reflective clothing or accessories a pedestrian or cyclist is only visible, in low beam headlights, at a distance of up to 30 metres. By wearing reflective items they become visible at 150 metres, giving drivers five times the distance to avoid them.
Noel Gibbons, road safety officer, Mayo County Council, said: “It is crucial when using the road at night-time that you are seen. As always, we urge people to wear high-visibility vests, reflective bands and to carry a torch.
“Now Garda cars will be carrying high-visibility vests that officers can give out to people they encounter on the road who are not properly lit up.”
Superintendent Joe McKeanna, from Castlebar Garda Station, said: “Already in 2015, 22 pedestrians and six pedal cyclists have been killed on roads around Ireland. We are delighted Gardai are handing out the high-visibility vests because it helps hammer home our ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ message.”