Gardaí have voted to make high-visibility clothing mandatory for all cyclists, a move that could potentially dramatically cut road deaths.
Sergeant Gerry Moylan spoke at the annual AGSI delegate conference in Killarney, Co Kerry today and according to the Irish Independent, mentioned the high death rate for cyclists on rural roads:
“In 2016, 35 pedestrians were killed on Irish roads. 23 of these were in rural areas. That is why we think high-visibilty clothing can make a significant contribution to road safety in the future.”
“I believe that at least if we have legislation we can encourage people a little bit more. We can start off with a discretionary measure that is always available to us. If people continue to persist we can take a more forcible attitude.”
Upon being asked to explain what he meant by 'discretionary measures', Sergeant Moylan suggested:
“Maybe there could be a fixed charge penalty notice similar to driving offences.”
Moylan also explained that his motion was primarily focused on Ireland's rural areas during nighttime.
Explaining herself further, she also mentioned that helmets should be mandatory for all cyclists.