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Mayo Councillor calling on Transport Minister to make the wearing of hi-vis clothing mandatory for pedestrians on unlit roads and streets

 A Mayo Councillor is calling on the Transport Minister to make the wearing of high-visibility clothing mandatory for pedestrians on unlit roads and streets.

Anyone in breach of the regulations should pay an on-the-spot fine, according to Westport-based Fianna Fail Counclilor, the newly-appointed Chairman of Mayo County Council’s Roads & Transportation Strategic Policy Committee.

26 pedestrians have been killed on Ireland’s roads so far this year – 23 of these fatalities were in rural areas.

Councillor Mulroy says he believes the compulsory wearing of high-visibility jackets can enhance road safety for both pedestrians and motorists.

He’s calling on Minister Shane Ross to introduce a statutory obligation, making it a criminal offence for pedestrians or cyclists not to wear high-vis clothing on unlit roads during the hours of darkness.

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