Police patrols hand out hi-vis vests

10.46 | 22 October 2010 |

High-visibility vests are to be handed out by police to poorly-lit pedestrians and cyclists in County Mayo as part of an initiative to reduce the county’s casualties.

The initiative, which first ran in 2009, is being jointly promoted by Mayo County Council’s road safety team and An Garda Siochana.

A total of 1,000 vests, provided by the Road Safety Authority, have been distributed to stations across the County. Gardai on mobile patrol will hand them out to pedestrians and cyclists who are not properly visible.

Willie Keaveney, Garda superintendent, 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 we will also be carrying high-visibility vests that our officers can give out to people they encounter on the road who are not properly lit up."

Noel Gibbons, Mayo’s RSO, said: "Already in 2010, 33 pedestrians and three pedal cyclists have been killed on roads around Ireland. We are delighted Gardai are handing out the high-visibility vests because it helps to hammer home our Be Safe, Be Seen message."

For more information contact Noel Gibbons on 094 9047115.


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