The Road Safety Authority (RSA ) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to motorcycle riders to ‘Bike Safe’ in the lead in to the summer months.
An examination of forensic collision investigation files published in 2016 by the RSA found that almost a third of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 had consumed alcohol, and that bikers speeding was a factor is almost half of all motorcyclist deaths.
The RSA says that while the majority of motorcycle riders are aware of their vulnerability when biking, some may not be so safety conscious. Younger riders on powerful machines need to appreciate the risk they face and take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety, it is suggested.
The RSA study found that half of the 80 motorcyclists deemed culpable for the collision were aged between 25 and 34 years old.
The message from the RSA and Gardai to these bikers is to never drink drive. They are also being urged to ease off the throttle and keep within the speed limits.
Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said: “Motorcycle riding is fun and challenging, yet it requires very high levels of knowledge, skill, and understanding. A good motorcycle rider needs to have a healthy respect for the motorcycle they are riding and always demonstrate a socially responsible attitude. This way they can ensure their safety on the road. It’s also important for drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclists especially in their blind spots when turning, overtaking and at junctions.”
Road users are also being urged to take extra care over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, as figures show that three people died during that same weekend last year.
Drivers are reminded that the RSA and Applegreen have teamed up again to help drivers to tackle tiredness behind the wheel during the May Bank Holiday weekend by providing free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on Friday, May 4, and Monday, April 7.
Simply say ‘RSA’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee.