From The West of Ireland
    Go to Castlebar | Photo Gallery | Castlebar Directory | Nostalgia Board
Environment : Road Safety Last Updated: 2, Apr 2018 - 10:02

What's Around The Corner?
By Noel Gibbons
7, Jun 2010 - 10:58

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

As predictably as blooming tulips and daffodils, the arrival of warm weather signals another phenomenon: collisions involving motorcycles.

Motorcyclists will be given high-visibility vests this Bank Holiday weekend as part of a campaign: "What's Around The Corner?"

Bank Holiday weekends are a popular time for motorcyclists to take to the roads. High-visibility yellow vests will be handed out to bikers to make sure they can be clearly seen by other motorists they will be distributed through motorcycle clubs in Co.Mayo.
"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" said Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer Mayo County Council.

"Anything that improves the safety of motorcyclists, including this campaign, on Irish roads has to be welcomed and I would encourage everyone to take this opportunity to help themselves." said Mr Michael Flynn Rospa gold/ ADI motorcycle instructor.

Motorcycles are often hidden in a motorist's blind spot or masked by backgrounds. For that reason, motorists should double-check blind spots and 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.

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

• Don't assume you are visible to drivers of other vehicles
• Avoid the driver's blind spots
• Always signal clearly
• Watch out for pedestrians
• Don't weave in and out of traffic
• When filtering in traffic be aware of cars changing lane, doors opening, passengers alighting and the possibility that some vehicles will turn across your path
• Use your headlights day and night
• Never ever drink and ride
• Always wear a helmet to approved specifications
• Make sure your bike is road worthy and know its capabilities
• Invest in good personal protection equipment and wear brightly coloured reflective clothing
• Expect the unexpected


Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Keep your distance
  • Look twice for motorcyclists
  • Share the road


Motorcycles represent fewer than 1 in 50 of all licensed vehicles in Ireland, but motorcyclists account for 1 in 8 road deaths.

Road Deaths 2010
Pedestrians: 24
Drivers: 43
Passengers: 16
Motorcyclists: 6
Pillion Passengers/Other: 1
Pedal Cyclists: 0
Total Year to Date: 90


© Copyright 2010 by © Contributor(s) and Castlebar Web Pages 1997 - 2018

.. Top of Page

Road Safety
Latest Headlines
Exercising “Tolerance” on Rural Roads
December The Month Of Courtesy On The Roads
My Daddy Works Here
The My Red and Green Thumb Day Campaign
Refresher Course Offered To Older Drivers
Cardboard Speed Traps
Go dté tú slán! Arrive alive
Safety Improvements at Mayo Schools
Sometimes a Quick Glance isn't Enough
Road Safety Guidelines for Drivers of Mobility Scooters
Road Safety Road Show Returns to Educate Young Drivers
Give Up Your Auld Bad Driving Habits For The New Year
Free Lollipops are 'Gobstoppers' for Late Night Revellers
National Science Award for Mayo Students
Primary School Leads the Way in Road Safety
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Winter is Coming!
No Clowning Around This Halloween
What is an Acceptable Number?
School Learning Doesn't Just Begin Inside The Classroom
Pokemon Don't GO
Cyclists Saddled with Number Plates
Don’t shoot cyclists -Give Them Space
Blessing of the Roads Ceremony
Leprechaun Campaign Goes Viral
N59 Rossow Bends Contract
The Blessing of Baby Car Seats
Give Safety Your Number 1
Be safe Be seen
Shocking Schools Road Safety Event
Dig Out Those Sun Glasses
Road Safety Road Show Returns
Sweet-Toothed Drinkers Targeted
Goodwill on the Roads
Light Up on Black Friday
Crotches Can Kill
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
More Dangerous than Ghosts & Goblins?
How Music Affects Your Driving
Get turned on - Wipers on, Lights on.
Mrs Doyle Says Take a Break
Summer Camp Ballinrobe
Alert to Motorists in Castlebar Area
Paramedic Gives Warning Ahead of Bank Holiday Weekend
Traffic Trouble Tackled by Westport Pupils
Red Thumb Day
These Flip Flops Are Made For Walking-Not Driving
Shock Tactics To Teach Students That Speed Kills
Donal Vaughan Backs Road Safety Campaign
Beware of Low Winter Sun
Road Safety Update 7 Jan 2015
Festive Wishes
We Never Want To Meet You
On Road Cycle Training
Road Traffic Victim Remembrance Day
Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Gearing Up for Sea2summit
Beep Beep Day
Limit Speeds in Housing Estates
Don't Text and Fly
A Safety Checklist
Cyclops Prowl the Darkness
Parents' Parking Promise
Final Lesson for Exam Students - Points You Don't Want
Pilgrimage Motorists Urged to Drive Safely
Cycling Kills
A Chain Reaction To Safety
Drivers Warned about Hay Fever Meds
Hoax Classified Add Hoodwinked Thousands
Toddler Hit By Car Prompts Warning
Blessing the Roads
Steer away from your bad habits this Lent
Road Safety Campaigner Dies
Don't Be an Idiot?
World Remembrance Day
Sea to Summit
Don't Shoot and Drive'
Helping to Make Mayo the Brightest County
Dozy Parkers to be Targeted
You Snooze You Lose!
Arrive Alive for the Big Game
Heads Up
Football Bosses Blow The Whistle on Speeders.
Cycling Skills 2013
Petrol Station Etiquette?
Bikes and Lorries
Keep our A&E s empty on St Patrick's Day
Cycle Lanes
Insurance for Cyclists
Don't be a Tech Zombie
Top 10 New Year Resolutions
Novelty Helmet Winner
Goodwill on the Roads
Santa Throws His Weight behind Campaign.
Be Safe - Be Seen
Minding the Bump on the Road
10 Commandments of School Bus Safety
Fuel Costs Encourages Walking to School
Walking Dead?
Reek Sunday Road Safety