New Driving Licence Applications

This short note is to update you on Driving Licence Change Programme.

As and from 25 October 2013 Motor Tax Offices will stop accepting new applications for Driving Licences and Learner Permits however, they will be responsible for processing all applications they have by that date; while they wont be open to the public in the weeks after 25/10/2013  they will clear any existing backlogs.

From 29/10/2013 the new National Driving Licence Service will be open for business and at locations around the country NDLS offices will be open (details of locations atwww.ndls.ie )

Any person taking out a new licence or permit, renewing an existing licence or adding categories etc will have to go to the NDLS Office to have a photo and signature taken. This needs to be done only once as subsequent transactions can use the existing photo and signature and phone or postal contact to the NDLS Back Office will suffice.

Lots more information can be seen atthe dedicated website for the new licence service.www.ndls.ie

89% Reduction in Children Killed on Our Roads Between 1997 and 2012

89% Reduction in Children Killed on Our Roads Between 1997 and 2012

However, report finds that no seatbelt or child restraint was used in 30% of child passenger fatalities in this period

With schools reopening around the country for the start of a new school year, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking parents, teachers and children to make every effort to ensure this school year is a safe one. Despite a reduction in child road fatalities in recent years, research from the RSA has revealed that 262 young lives were lost between 1997 and 2012. A further 1,107 were seriously injured.  So far this year, four young lives have been lost.

The RSA’s ‘Child Casualties Report 1997 to 2012’ showed that there was an 89% reduction in the number of children (aged 0-14 years) killed and a 52% reduction in the number of children injured on our roads between 1997 and 2012. The report showed that 43% of children killed during this period were pedestrians, and 42% of children killed and seriously injured were car passengers. Of the child passengers killed, 30% were not using a seatbelt or child restraint. The report also found that children are most at risk of being killed on the roads between 4:00pm and 5:59pm, the time when they may be travelling home from school.

The RSA is asking parents to ensure their child is kitted out with the necessary road safety gear, such as a bicycle helmet, working lights on their bicycle and a high vis vest or jacket. Younger children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult so that they can learn by example how to use the road safely. When travelling by car or bus, children should always be restrained in the appropriate child restraint. For older children who may walk or cycle to school, it is important that they learn how to share the road safely with other road-users, for example, how to use hand signals to indicate a manoeuvre and always obeying the Rules of the Road

Driver Fatigue and Motorcycle Safety

60% Of Drivers Try Useless Tactics to Stop Nodding Off At the Wheel

The RSA, An Garda Síochána announce Driver Reviver Campaign to combat driver fatigue

Bank Holiday Warning also focuses on Motorcycle Safety

New survey findings1 released by the Road Safety Authority today Wednesday 31st July 2013 shows that almost two thirds of drivers (60%) attempt to fight tiredness while driving through ineffective means such as opening windows, singing or talking to themselves and turning on the radio.

The findings come as the RSA, An Garda Síochána launched a campaign this Bank Holiday weekend aimed at highlighting the dangers of driver fatigue.

International research suggests that driver fatigue could be a contributory factor in 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland*. Therefore, thissilent killer could have been a contributory factor in almost 215 road deaths in the past 5 years.

Commenting ahead of the August Bank Holiday Weekend the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D., urged road users to be extra vigilant. “Five people lost their lives over the June Bank Holiday weekend. We should all redouble our efforts to avoid a repeat this bank holiday. If you feel tired, then pull over and take a break. We are also asking drivers this weekend to watch out for changeable road conditions with the changing weather. Please enjoy the weekend, but do so safely.”

Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said; “As with every bank holiday weekend, there are added risks when using our roads. More people will be taking to the roads, travelling long distances, often without breaks. Scientific studies show that if a driver persists in fighting sleep while driving, the impairment level is the same as driving while over the drink drive limit.”

“To drivers we say; if you are fighting sleep at the wheel, stop immediately. If you can, drink a cup of coffee or caffeine drink but most importantly take a 15 to 20 minute nap. Following the nap stretch your legs and get some fresh air. By following this advice you should be able to drive for another hour or more.”

Unfortunately, this new research indicates that a third of drivers (31%) respond to feeling sleepy while driving by opening the window, 12.6% said they stretched their legs, 8% reported that they sign or talk to themselves or a passenger and 5% said they turned on the radio. None of these help in combating driver fatigue. In fact, these are the people who are most at risk of being involved in a driver fatigue related crash. Never drive if you are fighting sleep or you may never wake up.” continued Mr. Brett.

Commenting on the Garda Roads Policing Plan for the Bank Holiday Weekend, Assistant Commissioner Gerard Philips said, “Tragically five lives were lost over the recent June Bank Holiday weekend. To prevent further loss of life this bank holiday period members of the Garda Traffic Corps will be out in force targeting all aspects of road traffic enforcement with particular emphasis on speeding, drink and drug driving, non wearing of seatbelts, mobile phones use and reckless driving.”

Commissioner Phillips added:- “I would have a particular message for motorcycle riders who have featured too prominently in road collision casualty figures recently. Tragically 17 motorcyclists have already been killed this year compared to 16 in total for 2012. Our message is simple. Please be aware that you are considerably more vulnerable on a motorcycle, slow down and don’t take chances, such as reckless overtaking, undertaking or filtering. Drivers too, need to be aware of their blind spots and be constantly on the look out for motorcycles at junctions and especially when turning right.

More information on driver tiredness can be found in the RSA’s booklet ‘Driver Tiredness – The Facts’ and can be downloaded from the RSA websitewww.rsa.ie. A copy of the RSA’s research on driver fatigue can also be downloaded fromwww.rsa.ie.

Road Safety Alert – Greasy Road Surfaces

Road Safety Alert – Greasy Road Surfaces following break in weather

 The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users especially drivers to exercise caution on roads following a forecast by Met Éireann for rain, possibly heavy, throughout the country this week and over the weekend. The expected rainfall will bring to an end a long dry spell which poses added dangers to road users.

According to Met Éireann, scattered rain showers will become widespread as the week progresses and will turn heavy in places.

“Roads are at their most slippery when the weather breaks after a long dry spell. This is because the fine grit on roads tends to polish the road surface and roads also see the build up of a film of tar, rubber and oil deposit. The sudden change in driving conditions can also catch drivers off guard.”

“The expected rainfall and the condition of roads will make driving particularly hazardous as road surfaces become slippery reducing skid resistance.”

“For your own safety and the safety of other road users drivers should adjust their driving behaviour to suit these changing conditions especially after driving for a period in good dry conditions. My advice to drivers is, slow down, keep your distance and expect the unexpected” .

 

Drivers are being advised to:

·        Slow down. Drive at an appropriate speed to the conditions.

·        Don’t tailgate – Allow extra distance to the vehicle in front especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles.

·        Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility

·        Check tyres to ensure minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and ensure correct tyre pressures.

·        Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected

RIP: Donal Walsh

What a sad day to see that brave young man , Donal Walsh, pass away. You were and still are an inspiration to us all.

RIP

 

Motorcyclist / Pillion Passenger Fatalities – 1st January 2011 to 2nd May 2013

                                     Motorcyclist / Pillion Passenger Fatalities – 1st January 2011 to 2nd May 2013

 

·        2011: A total of 17 motorcyclists and 1 pillion passenger were killed

           ·        2012: A total of 16 motorcyclist and 3 pillion passengers were killed

·        2013: A total of 6 motorcyclist have been killed year to date – the same number as the corresponding period last year

 

·        The four most common types of collision seen over recent years involving motorcyclists and other vehicles were:-

1.      A motorcyclist overtaking another vehicle turning right resulting in the motorcyclist colliding head on into the side of the turning vehicle

2.      A motorcyclist overtaking a vehicle travelling in the same direction colliding head on with an oncoming vehicle.

3.       A motorcyclist losing control while taking a corner and crossing into the path of an oncoming vehicle resulting in a head on collision.

4.      Another vehicle turning or driving through a junction / joining a main road from a minor road colliding with a motorcyclist

May Bank Holiday Casualties 2008-2012

                                                                     May Bank Holiday Returns 2008-2012

 

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MAT Checkpoints

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1,208 </,208

1,103 </,103

1,029 </,029

MAT Breath tests

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16,905 </6,905

11,737 </1,737

8,663 </,663

Intoxicated while driving incidents

468 </68

345 </45

284 </84

154 </54

195 </95

 

 

All figures are current as of 2nd May 2013 and are provisional, operational and subject to change.

A representative from An Garda Síochána will be available by phone between 10am and 12pm on Friday morning 3rd May, 2013.

Requests to be forwarded by email to pressoffice@garda.ie

Bank Holiday Weekend Safety

Garda – Traffic Press Release – May Bank Holiday Weekend 2013.
As we head into the May Bank Holiday, we must take note that tragically, 64 people have lost their lives on Irish roads to date. This is 13 more than this date last year. To reverse this increase in fatalities, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority appeal to all road users to exert maximum care on the roads over the coming days, and in particular, to the large numbers who will be travelling to various parts of the country. Reducing your speed, wearing your seatbelt, not drinking and driving, being alert and concentrating fully on the task of driving, are all proven lifesavers.

Vehicle users are reminded there will be significant enforcement activity over the coming days, targeting all road traffic breaches and in particular the key lifesaver offences.

The milder weather has brought about an increase in motorcycle traffic in recent weeks, and sadly this has been reflected in the number of fatal road traffic collisions involving motorcycles. The number of motorcycle fatalities has doubled from 3 to 6 in the past four weeks alone.

With this in mind this Bank Holiday will focus in particular on motorcyclists. We ask all motorcyclists to make sure they are visible and always ride responsibly. We also ask other drivers to specifically look out for them.

Whether you are an all year round motorcyclist, or are now taking your motorcycle out after being in storage for the winter, the basics remain the same. You must wear appropriate protective clothing and ensure your helmet is correctly secured. Trainers and jeans offer little protection in the event of a collision or contact with the road. Make yourself as visible as possible with the aid of a high visibility vest or bib and ride with your dipped headlights on. This ensures you are doing everything you can to be seen by others. Whether it’s a commute or leisure ride, be aware that more than half of motorcycle fatal collisions since 2011 have happened on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, typically 12pm-6pm.

 

Mr. Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport said today:-

“Bank holidays provide everyone with a well-deserved break, but road safety is one area where none of us can afford to take our eyes off the ball. I urge everyone travelling this weekend, whether for pleasure or work, to be vigilant. There is a long litany of tragic accidents on bank holiday weekends. Motorcyclists should be especially vigilant as there have been several bad accidents this year. Let’s all try to ensure that this coming weekend is one of the safest yet.”

Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips added:-

“We must reverse the increase in fatalities we are currently facing so we appeal to all road users to always concentrate 100% when on the road. For those that may be travelling for this bank holiday, we want them to do so safely, so please remember the basics of reducing speed, wearing seatbelts, never drinking and driving, being alert and concentrating fully on what you are doing. Coupled with this there will be significant enforcement activity targeting non-compliant vehicles users. Together we can make the roads safer for all”

Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds

Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), today April 17th 2013 is advising road users to take extra care when travelling on the roads today and tonight as Met Éireann is warning ofdamaging gusts from a south to southwest direction of up to 90 to 110 km per hour across Leinster and Munster, reaching as high as 130 km per hour in Kerry and along southern coasts later this evening.

 

Met Éireann has forecast very strong southerly winds developing today with severe gusts of  90 to 110 km/h over Munster, Leinster, Galway and Mayo. Strong winds will persist overnight and will be strongest along southern coastal areas.

 

The RSA is asking road users to take extra care in these strong winds and have issued the following advice:

 

  1. Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
  2. Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  3. Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  4. Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  5. Drive with dipped headlights at all times
  6. Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling

 

Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;

  1. Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
  2. Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  3. Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths

Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds

Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), today April 15th 2013 is advising road users to take particular care on the roads as Met Éireann is warning of very strong to gale force winds over west Ulster and Connacht tonight.

Met Éireann has forecast strong to gale force southwest winds with severe gusts of 100 and 115km/h over Donegal and Mayo in particular. Strong winds will persist over west Ulster and Connacht tonight, with gusts of  90 to 105 km/hr in areas.  Winds will be strongest in coastal areas.

The RSA is asking road users to take extra care in these strong winds and have issued the following advice:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times
  • Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling

 

Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
  • Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths

For advice on severe weather driving tips please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.