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Road safety event for cyclists

Clare County Council and members of the Clare Garda Division’s Traffic Corp will host a cycle awareness event in Abbey Street Car Park, Ennis, on Saturday, October 8. An articulated truck will be parked on site to highlight the existence of ‘Blind Spots’ around high-sided vehicles. The initiative forms part of Irish Road Safety Week 2016. In Ireland’s urban areas, between 2007 and 2015, 54 Vulnerable Road Users (cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists) were killed in collisions involving trucks. Collisions involving trucks accounted for 20% of urban VRU fatalities. According to Barry Keating, Road Safety Officer for Clare County Council, “Clare County Council is delighted to be joining An Garda Síochána in fully supporting any initiative that makes it safer for our most vulnerable road users.” “Due to their size and design, a truck has significant blind spots that present a danger to vulnerable road users. A driver’s field of vision, within a cab, is limited; the area immediately in front, …

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Christmas drink driving arrests down 66%

THERE was a drastic drop in the number of drink-driving arrests in Clare over the Christmas period. Arrests for suspected drink-driving were down by over 66%, down from 17 in 2014 to five in 2015, according to figures from Clare Garda Traffic Corps. There were also falls in the number of non-serious injury traffic incidents in the 12-day period, down from six in 2014 to two in 2015. The number of material damage only traffic incidents also decreased from 34 over the Christmas period of 2014 to 23 in the same period last year. There were no fatal traffic incidents in the holiday period for 2015 and 2014, as well as no serious injury incidents recorded. Sergeant Darragh Molloy of Ennis Garda Traffic Corps stated, “The gardaí are very pleased with the figures for the recent Christmas period, showing a downward trend in road traffic accidents and drink-driving arrests. This is very welcome to see and is due to the …

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