At the launch of the Donegal Road Safety Plan, 2016-2021. Photo: North West NewsPix
The new, five-year Donegal Road Safety Plan focuses the efforts of all involved in road safety and highlights the need for community support, the county council cathaoirleach said.
“Road safety is not an issue for the authorities alone,” Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Terence Slowey, said, in launching the Donegal Road Safety Plan, 2016-2021, at County House, Lifford, on Monday.
“We can’t do this in a vacuum, folks,” the cathaoirleach said. “We’re all in this together.”
The road safety plan sets out priorities for improving road safety in the county through a series of objectives in education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation.
The 59 actions detailed in the plan include initiatives to promote cross-border co-operation on road safety, continuing to develop the Road Safety Road Show for secondary-school students, reviewing speed limits in according with national guidelines and legislation and high-visibility enforcement.
Cllr. Slowey said, “The plan also seeks to encourage every member of the community to play their part in reducing road collisions by taking responsibility for their actions and by sharing the road safely.”
The report was produced by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group, an interagency group consisting of Donegal County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland. An Garda Síochána, Road Safety Authority, Donegal Youth Service, Donegal Education and Training Board, Pro Social Drivers Programme and HSE Ambulance Service.
At their monthly meetings, the Road Safety Working Group will monitor the plan’s progress and review indicators that will measure the activities under each relevant objective.
The road safety plan can be downloaded at www.donegal coco.ie under publications