25/08/2009

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."

(DW/GK)


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