“What’s Around The Corner”

In Southern Ireland ahead of this Bank Holiday weekend Mayo County Council is running their “What’s Around The Corner” safety campaign.

The campaign includes handing out High-visibility yellow vests to bikers to make sure they can be clearly seen by other motorists, they will be distributed through motorcycle clubs in Co.Mayo.

Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer Mayo County Council, said, “This is one part of our ongoing efforts with partners to improve safety for motorcyclists and other road users. We are also encouraging local riders to under go Motorcycle training. Motorcyclists continue to be over-represented in the fatalities and since the middle of April, four riders have lost their lives.

As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists will take to the roads. Research indicates that the majority of motorcycle fatalities occur over the weekends and during daylight hours.

Many riders are injured at junctions when vehicles pull out, others crash as a result of entering a bend too fast.”

Right To Ride’s Trevor Baird, says, “While we have some issues with the reliance and the value of high-visibility yellow vests improving the conspicuity of motorcyclists so that they are actually seen by other vehicle drivers, however we welcome the overall safety message to riders and other vehicle drivers.”

That message is, “Motorcycles are often hidden in a motorist’s blind spot or masked by backgrounds. For that reason, motorists should double-check blind spots, rearview and side mirrors before changing lanes or making turns. They don’t benefit from a protective metal environment or the stability of four wheels. But as a driver you can help keep bikers safe by remembering a few basic rules.”

“To ensure you don’t have an injury to another road user on your conscience KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS.”

Right To Ride says – So save yourselves, watch your throttle, watch out for other drivers and riders!


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