Young Men Could Face Driving Curfew

The department for road safety has revealed a number of options they are considering to tackle the high level of road accidents amongst young male drivers.

The options being looked at by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) include a curfew banning late-night driving, restrictions on engine size and speed, and laying down who could accompany young men in cars.

RSA chairman Gay Byrne said yesterday that it was part of a proposed "reconfiguration of the driving licence" for young men.

Mr Byrne said males aged between 17 and 24 were "internationally" more dangerous, and with two or more of their peers in a car were 85% more likely to have a crash.

Yesterday the Road Safety Authority (RSA), along with Age Action and Irish Pharmacy Union also announced a reminder for older persons they still have time to pick up a free high visibility jacket from their local Pharmacy.

The joint initiative, launched earlier in the summer, between the three organisations aims to distribute 200,000 high visibility jackets in the community and target older cyclists and pedestrians who are vulnerable road users.

Commenting on the venture Noel Brett, CEO, RSA said: "I would strongly encourage all older persons to avail of this great free offer by calling into your local Pharmacy and picking up a free high visibility jacket.

"The campaign is designed to improve safety in rural and urban areas and educate vulnerable road-users of the need to be seen in order to be safe on Irish roads."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

24 August 2015
Parents Urged To Make Road Safety A Priority For Children
Parents and teachers are being urged to make road safety a priority for children by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and ESB Networks. Three children aged 14 and under have died in the first eight months of this year on Irish roads while in 2014, 13 children lost their lives.
18 March 2009
Gardaí Commissioner 'Disappointed' With Drivers
The Gardaí Commssioner Fachtna Murphy has expressed his concern and disappointment at the level of fatalities on Ireland's roads over the holiday week-end.
25 August 2010
New Pupils To Receive Hi Vis Jackets
Ireland's 80,000 new pupils will all receive a high visibility vest as part of a new road safety campaign for those starting school next week.
01 October 2015
RSA Launch Irish Road Safety Week
Eight out of ten drivers know how to check their tyre pressure, however just one out of ten does this less than once a year, according to a survey by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The RSA released the figures to mark the start of Irish Road Safety Week. The figures shows that 1 in 8 drivers (14%) have bought part-worn tyres in the past.
28 March 2013
Minister Launches Road Safety Strategy
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has launched the Government's fourth Road Safety Strategy today at the Road Transport Safety Conference on Serious Injuries. The Strategy – 'Closing the Gap' - will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU.