Road Safety

Road Safety

Co-Ordination of Road Safety Together Committee

An Offaly Road Safety Working Group has been established to provide support to the local authority in its promotion of Road Safety in Co. Offaly.  The group comprises of representatives of the Transport Infrastructure Ireland, An Garda Siochana, representatives from the Road Safety Authority and Engineering Staff of the Council. 

School Warden Scheme

 Offaly County Council in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Portarlington and St. Cynoc’s National School Ferbane, operate a Junior School Warden Scheme in each school.

In total over 50 pupils participate and operate the scheme throughout the school year.    Their primary aim is to ensure that school children cross public roads on their way to/from school safely.  6th Class with the help of 5th Class, as required, participate in the Scheme. 

The schemes have been operating very successfully over the last 20 years.  The schemes continued success is due in no small way to the commitment of the Teachers in each school and the school Principals and also the pupils themselves and parents.  The children learn road safety at an early age and it is something they bring with them throughout their lives and hopefully will stay with them.

At the end of each year the Junior School Wardens receive certificates of participation which is presented by the Chairperson of the County Council.   The Council sponsors the scheme and provide the Wardens’ uniforms, road markings, signage etc.  The wardens are all volunteers who do the job because they care about the safety of their fellow students. 

Parents & Carers when accompanying children to school are asked to set a good example by using the school warden services provided.

It is important to remember that children will do as you do, not as you say. 

School Flashing Lights

Flashing lights may be erected at approaches to schools on heavily trafficked routes as a measure in road safety

Traffic Calming Measures

With a view to reducing speeding on approaches to new roundabouts or on approaches to built-up areas the Council may introduce measures such as rumble strips, or in the case of built-up areas within the 30 m.p.h. speed zones, traffic calming schemes. Public notice and consultation with the Gardai is required and representations must be considered.

Drive for Life Programme

The Council participate in this Programme.  The Drive for Life Programme is a day long live and flexible presentation that is tailored for students/trainers and young adults in a school setting.  The training of young people is taking the time to go through

1. Problems on the Road

2. Consequences of irresponsible actions on the road and

3. explaining how to do things properly in an educational setting is the most effective way to get this important message on Road Safety awareness across. 

Some suggestions for:

Walking Beside or along a road

If there is a footpath you must use it.

If there is no footpath, you must walk as near as possible to the right hand side of the road facing the oncoming traffic.

Do not walk more than two abreast.  If the road is narrow or carries heavy traffic you should walk in single file.

You should always wear reflective clothing when walking outside built up areas at night.

You should always carry a torch when walking at night. 

Crossing the Road

Look for a safe pace to cross

Stop & Wait near the edge of the road

Look right and left and listen for traffic.

Let any traffic travelling in each direction pass and then look right and left again. 

Quickly walk across the road when it is clear. 

While crossing continue to watch and listen for traffic coming.