Ahead of the Halloween festivities across the country tomorrow AA Ireland is warning drivers to be vigilant on the roads.
Clocks went back in the early hours of Sunday and this, coupled with the Winter season, poses additional risks for motorists according to the organisation.
Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs, said: “While it’s important that cyclists and pedestrians do their part by donning hi-vis vests, motorists must take the greatest share of the burden when it comes to keeping our roads safe. This includes slowing down where the conditions require you to do so, allowing extra distance between yourself and other road users during heavy rainfall or icy weather and being on the lookout for vulnerable road users.”
The AA also advised motorists to be extremely cautious while driving during Halloween with bonfires likely to reduce visibility in some areas and additional pedestrians on the road.
He said: “Over the mid-term break and particularly on Halloween night there’s going to more children walking through estates and on certain roads around the country.”
AA Ireland also offered several helpful tips to stay safe over the Halloween period…
- Motorists need to reduce speed and drive with extreme caution particularly in areas where children are likely to be present.
- Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
- Parents should choose costumes wisely – that are flame resistant, bright, reflective and doesn’t obstruct vision that they can see where they’re going.
- Make necessary alterations to costumes to prevent the risk of tripping.
- Before engaging in Halloween festivities, parents should have a talk with children about the rules of the road, remembering to: only cross at corners of the road and not between parked cars, obey traffic lights as well as stop, look and listen before proceeding to cross the road.
- Give children a torch or a glow light to ensure maximum visibility.
- Parents will need to be extra diligent as small children will be caught up in the excitement of the festivities.