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Gardai issue May bank holiday safety appeal to motorcyclists

Four bikers have been killed on Irish roads since the start of the year.

Gardai have appealed for motorcyclists to go easy on the roads over the May Bank holiday weekend (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Gardai have appealed for motorcyclists to go easy on the roads over the May Bank holiday weekend (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Motorcyclists have been asked to ease off the throttle ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Gardai are urging bikers who take to the roads over the weekend to take care and stay within the speed limit.

Four motorcyclists have been killed on Irish roads since the start of the year, three more than the same period last year.

RSA research has shown that bikers speeding is a factor in half of motorcyclist fatal collisions.

RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said it was “staggering” that motorcyclists account for about 2% of all vehicles on the road, yet they account for 12 per cent of road deaths every year.

Motorcyclists are disproportionately represented in road fatality statistics David Sheahan, Garda Assistant Commissioner

The majority of those killed are males aged between  25 and 44.

“My message to these riders is to ease off the throttle and stick within the speed limits,” she said.

“Ordinary drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists, particularly in their blind spots, when turning, overtaking and at junctions.

“All road users must share the road safely and give space to others, particularly vulnerable road users – motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan said: “Unfortunately, motorcyclists are disproportionately represented in road fatality statistics.

“We are calling on all motorcyclists to take necessary steps to make themselves as safe as possible on the roads.

“Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and high visibility clothing to make yourself visible to other road-users.”

He added that motorcyclists should also ensure they ride with dipped headlights on at all times and never drink and drive.

In 2018, there were 15 motorcyclist deaths on Irish roads.

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