Written Answers - Road Safety.

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 600 No. 1

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  558.  Mr. Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if steps are being taken to make it compulsory for pedestrians to wear reflective jackets when walking on public roads; if he accepts how dangerous it is and that it is virtually impossible for car owners to see someone in dark clothes [390]walking along a dark road; if he will consider using funds to promote the idea of wearing reflective jackets for all pedestrians; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10444/05]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  The consensus of public authorities concerned with road safety has been that the wearing of reflective jackets is best promoted on a voluntary basis by way of educational and publicity campaigns such as those undertaken and to be continued, by the National Safety Council, rather than through legislation. The safety of all road users is generally a matter of personal responsibility and in that context the Rules of the Road include a strong recommendation supporting the use at night by pedestrians of reflective armbands outside urban areas. While I do not consider that there should be a regulatory requirement on people to wear such clothing, I will forward the Deputy’s suggestion to the National Safety Council.


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