UN Road Safety Week - 8 to 14 May 2017

This week, we saw support from politicians across the political spectrum for the UN’s Global Road Safety Week, coordinated by campaign group Love 30.
Transport Minister Shane Ross (2nd from right) and TD Gino Kenny (2nd from left) show their support for slower speeds

The politicians’ willingness to support the call to ‘Save Lives #SlowDown’ was a welcome gesture; we are hopeful that this core group of supporting TDs (Members of Parliament) and Senators will continue to grow, recognising the needs of local communities and young children to have a safe environment in which to grow up.

Garda with speed gun and Love 30 signs

Throughout the week, we have been asking drivers to take the pledge and act to Save Lives #SlowDown. Together with our Garda Traffic Corps, we are carrying out extra speed checks right through the week in locations where cyclists have reported excessive speeding. Local communities have welcomed this initiative and indicated how happy they are to see these actions being taken to make their neighbourhoods safer.

Scoil Mobhi flying the flag for Love 30

We also got schoolchildren involved, asking pupils from a number of schools on Dublin’s northside to support the pledge to get drivers to slow down.

Love 30 (www.love30.ie) is a coalition of cycling, pedestrian, children’s and community groups here in Ireland campaigning for lower speed limits to make our towns and cities safer and more pleasant places to live, work and play. Dublin Cycling Campaign members are active in this coalition. Both Love30 and Dublin Cycling Campaign welcomed the support of the Garda Traffic Corps in highlighting the effects of excessive speed.

Dublin City has recently introduced widespread 30kph speed limits, and this week’s campaign highlighted the need to remind drivers to protect vulnerable road users, particularly older and younger people, by adhering to posted speed limits.

Why not go online now at https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home and Sign the Pledge to Make a Difference and Save Lives #SlowDown!

Slow down!

Love 30 held a launch on May 8th of the UN's Global Road Safety Week, bringing together the Road Safety Authority, the Garda Traffic Corps and campaigners to support the UN's call to 'Save Lives #SlowDown'.

Signs ready for the UN Road Safety Week launch
The Garda Traffic Corps were in attendance.
Love 30/ UN Road Safety Week - launch with Road Safety Authority, Garda Traffic Corps, Duncan Stewart and Love 30 team.

If you would like to be part of the Love 30 campaign or you would like more information about the campaign, reach us on twitter or facebook and/or by email here.