Fears for bikers’ safety as third motorcyclist is killed on Kildare’s roads

Kildare's Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh.
With motorbike season fast approaching, there are fears for the safety of bikers following the death of a third motorcyclist on Kildare’s roads so far this year.

With motorbike season fast approaching, there are fears for the safety of bikers following the death of a third motorcyclist on Kildare’s roads so far this year.

This time last year, there were no road fatalities in the county compared to five so far this year.

Kildare’s Road Safety Officer, Declan Keogh is concerned about the trend.

“This is the seasonal month for motorcyclists and I am encouraging all motorcyclists to ensure they are wearing personal protective clothing, which is developed and designed to absorb and withstand any impact resulting in injury and also that they would be visible to other road users as well by wearing a preventative zipped high visibility jacket,” said Mr. Keogh.

“As well as that, other road users, aside from motorcyclists, are being asked to take a longer look when emerging from a junction or using the road. Given the width of a motorbike, it can be difficult at times to see the motorcyclist.”

He asked that drivers take more time to look in their mirrors as motorcyclist and other road users have to share the road in a safe manner.

He was speaking in the aftermath of the death of 30-year-old Paul Behan, who was laid to rest last weekend in Kildare town. He was injured in a traffic accident at Ellistown, Rathangan on Tuesday May 7, but passed away in hospital two days later.

Gardai­ at Rathangan are investigating the accident which occurred at 9.30pm when a motorcycle and a van were in a collision. Mr. Behan was removed to Naas General Hospital and subsequently transferred to Tallaght ICU.

The road was closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

Paul was living at Pomeroy Park, Rathangan. His parents, Catherine and Ned Behan’s live at Dunmurry Road, Kildare. A large number of friends and relatives paid their respects at his funeral last Sunday May 12 at The Carmelite Church in Kildare town followed by burial in St. Conleth’s Cemetery.

- Niamh O’Donoghue