Campaign for new laws in wake of road fatalities

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Kildare’s Road Safety Officer has launched a campaign for new motorbike laws with the death toll on the county’s roads now standing at nine.

Kildare’s Road Safety Officer has launched a campaign for new motorbike laws with the death toll on the county’s roads now standing at nine.

Five of those who have passed away were motorcyclists. Up to this time last year, there had been no road deaths in Kildare.

“It would be my ambition to make it mandatory for motorcyclists to wear zipped high visibility jackets, and also that they would have their head lamps on all the time. Given the width of a motorbike, they are obviously difficult to see for motorists,” explained Declan Keogh.

He outlined how the velcro biker jackets can often fly open with the wind.

“Its so frustrating that last year we only had one of the lowest number of road fatalities in the county and this year so far, we have one of the highest.”

With the summer holidays approaching, Mr. Keogh issued an appeal to people to slow down in estates and other areas where children may be playing. The Kildare Road Safety Roadshow will also be visiting estates and other events across the county the summer including Oxegen.

- Niamh O’Donoghue