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Be safe, be seen this winter 26.10.18

THE DONEGAL Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is asking people to be safe and be seen by wearing bright coloured or hi-viz clothing when walking or cycling this winter as the clocks go back by an hour this weekend.
Summertime officially ends on Sunday morning, as the time observed by Ireland goes back by 1 hour.
As we head into the winter the DRSWG is advising pedestrians, runners, walkers and cyclists to be safe and be seen by:
- Wearing high visibility material
- Carrying a torch
- Cyclists need to ensure that their bicycle lights are working and wear a helmet.
Summertime officially ends on Sunday morning, as the time observed by Ireland goes back by 1 hour.
The DRSWG are also reminding motorists to check that their vehicle is fit for winter. Tyres must be in good condition and meet the legal requirement. All lights must be clean, working and correctly adjusted. Always use dipped headlights when driving in poor weather conditions.
Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer wants to appeal to all road users to keep safety in mind this winter saying “using the roads is the most dangerous thing that we do every day and yet very few of us appreciate that. You are only ever one slip of concentration away from disaster which can change lives forever”.
He added: “We would especially call on cyclists to be weather aware and to get proper lights. A large number of people drive and cycle and therefore are fully aware that a cyclist without lights or high viz clothing on a dark, wet evening is virtually impossible to see. It is true that the driver bears the greater responsibility as they can do the most damage, but cyclists also need to be sensible. For starters, that means ensuring that there are lights on your bicycle and for all our sake wear high viz clothing”.
To date in 2018, 120 people have lost their lives on our roads, a decrease of four on the same period in 2017 and nine people have died in Donegal and many more have been seriously injured in road traffic collisions.
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