Monday, November 09, 2020

On Sunday, November 15 next, local authority Road Safety Officers across Ireland will mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims by urging the public to shine a light for road safety.

The enlightening campaign will see council buildings across Ireland – including Mayo Co Council’s Áras and Chontae in Castlebar – lit up from 7 – 8 pm that night.

With more people than ever walking and cycling the roads with their families as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Road Safety Officers are imploring the public to be vigilant for their own safety.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims affords an opportunity for bereaved families and the seriously injured to come together to acknowledge the terrible toll of road deaths and injuries and to show thanks for the work of the emergency services.

You too can show your support by participating in this event by shining a light in your window from 7 – 8pm on Sunday, November 15 next and encouraging friends and family to do so too; take a moment to remember the lives lost and those who have been injured; be appreciative of your own health and well-being; check that your family has high vis jackets and torches for walks and cycles and to never take road safety for granted.

Businesses and other organisations are also being encouraged to light up their building for road safety as part of this national campaign.

Speaking of the devastating impacts of road traffic accidents, Tony Shevlin Acting Chief Fire Officer confirmed that local fire stations will  be lighting up their vehicles and tenders outside their stations on the evening of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims:

“I would appeal to all pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers using our roads to ensure you are seen and that you drive safely because your family will be waiting for you.”

Noel Gibbons, Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Officer said organisers are hoping the public and business sector will get involved with this year’s event and reflect on the consequences around a collision.

Stressing that the initiative was principally about awareness, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn, said the occasion also affords a chance to acknowledge the work done by all the emergency services.

The ambulance service locally will also be lighting up all ambulance bases on Sunday, November 15.

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