Promotion of Road Safety
In 1996, in response to the rising number of fatalities on Irish roads, the Minister for the Environment requested the establishment of working groups for road safety at local level. The aim of the Committee is to co-ordinate the efforts of all the agencies involved with road safety in order to reduce the number of road accidents.
A Road Safety Together Committee was set up in County Galway in May, 1997, and comprises of representatives from the National Safety Council, Health Service Executive (Western Area), Gardai, elected members and staff of Galway County Council. The Committee meets on a regular basis and examines the options available to improve road safety for pedestrians, motorists and road users in general. Various projects and road safety initiatives have taken place in Co. Galway to date.
Galway County Council is actively involved in the promotion of road safety through education. The Road Safety Officer in Galway County Council is Ms. Deirdre Caulfield – Ph. No. (091) 509360. firstname.lastname@example.org
Determination of Low Cost Accident Measures
The National Roads Authority allocates funds for a programme of low cost safety improvement measures. The NRA guidelines state that, as a general rule, proposals relating to single sites should cost not more than €6,300 and should address locations where there have been at least three recorded injury accidents in the previous three years. In the case of proposals relating to lengths of road, these should not exceed €25,000 in cost and should have at least five recorded injury accidents in the previous three years
Cycle Training Programme
Galway County Council promotes a Cycle Training Programme in national schools in Co. Galway. The training is provided by ‘Safer Cycling Initiative’. The aim of this initiative is to give young children the skills to help them cycle safely and encourages the wearing of helmets at all times.
The course duration is 4 hours, which consists of 1 hour in the class room and 3 hours practical outdoors. The fee per pupil is €30.00. However, Galway Co. Council will reimburse the school €10.00 per pupil - €5 from Galway Co. Council and €5 on behalf of the Road Safety Authority. The maximum number of pupils that can be accommodated per day is 30. Please note that the training company will issue each pupil with a Certificate and a free cycling helmet worth €30 after successful completion of the training!
Safer Cycling Initiative is fully equipped with bicycles, helmets and waterproof clothing (where required) for each pupil. All of the tutors are qualified with years of cycling experience and tuition can be provided in Irish, if required.
Please contact ‘Safer Cycling Initiative’ directly to discuss suitable dates and times to run the course in your school - contact details as follows:
Office Ph. No. (091) 506942. Address: Unit 6, Costelloe Industrial Estate, Costelloe, Co. Galway / Email: email@example.com
Additional information, including the course content and material can be obtained from their website: www.safercyclinginitiative.com
Further information also available from the Council’s Road Safety Officer, Ms. Deirdre Caulfield on (091) 509360.
Armbands / Reflective Material
Galway County Council continues to distribute armbands, reflective stickers and reflective dangles, free-of-charge to members of the public, schools, community groups, etc.
Further information from the Council’s Road Safety Officer, Ms. Deirdre Caulfield: (091) 509360.