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May Bank Holiday road safety appeal 03.05.19

AHEAD of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are reminding motorcyclists to ‘ease off the throttle' and keep within the speed limit as we enter the high risk summer period for motorcycling.
Previous RSA research has shown that bikers speeding is a factor in half of motorcyclist fatal collisions.
Preliminary results from a recent RSA survey of 450 motorcyclists, found that 12% of participants reported having been involved in a road collision in the past two years while three in five had a near miss in the same period. July was found to be the most dangerous month for collisions involving motorcyclists.
To date in 2019, there have been four fatal collisions involving motorcyclists, three more than the same time last year.
The RSA and Gardaí are also highlighting the misuse of quad bikes and scramblers on the road and in public spaces such as parks. These vehicles pose particular dangers to young people; three of the four people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving a quad bike or scrambler were aged 18 or under.
Mr Keith Synnott consultant at the National Spinal Injuries Unit in the Mater hospital said: "Quad bikes and scramblers are not toys, they are heavy, dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause life changing injuries or death. Riders risk spinal injury following a collision on a quad bike or scrambler. Impacts often happen on areas of uneven ground or as a result of unstable vehicles, especially in the hands of children, leading to people falling and landing awkwardly or the vehicle landing on the rider.”
In 2018 there were 15 motorcyclist deaths on Irish roads, just over 60% of which occurred on rural roads with speed limits of 80km/h or higher. The majority of fatal collisions involved males aged between 21 and 56.
To date in 2019, there have been four fatal collisions involving motorcyclists, three more than the same time last year.
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