The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) have joined forces to distribute 50K high visibility reflective vests among almost 4,000 pubs nationwide.
The vests which will be available free of charge for customers to use, are encouraged as someone wearing a high visibility jacket will be clearly seen by an oncoming car almost 500m away, giving a driver plenty of time to react to someone’s presence on the road.
If not wearing any reflective material the same car will only see you when you are a distance of 50 metres away, showing the clear importance of the safety measure.
Chief Executive of the RSA Moyagh Murdock, said: “VFI and its members are to be commended for supporting this life saving project. The campaign is designed to improve safety and educate vulnerable road-users of the need to be seen in order to be safe on Irish country roads.”
Chief Executive of the VFI Mr. Padraig Cribben said: “We are delighted to be working with the RSA to support this worthwhile initiative. If just one of the 50K vests saves a life it will be a worthwhile exercise.”
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