Cork County Council are concerned about Road safety and strive to improve the standard of roads, footpaths, crossing Areas etc., on a continuous basis,
subject to funding and resource restrictions. Accident records are maintained on a mapping system and trends/blackspots are monitored. All fatal accident
sites are visited by the Area Engineer and the Local Garda to discuss possible causes and to accurately record the accident location. A record, known as an
LA16 form is then completed and forwarded to the NRA, who compile statistics. These sites are further independently visited by the part-time Road Safety Officer who looks at all possible hazards associated with the accident location and where appropriate makes recommendations for the erection of additional warning signs, or other measures.
Each year, Area Engineers and the Road Safety Officer are invited to put together a wish list of locations where Low Cost Safety improvement Works would render a known or potential accident location, safer. The works might vary from creating better exit visibility sightlines at junctions, by the setting back of roadside boundaries, to the installation of pedestrian crossings or just simply erecting more prominent warning signs approaching dangerous bends etc.
Cork County Council participate in cycle training for secondary schools through its involvement with Cork Sports Partnership, who organise the training. Requests for such training can be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Safety Authority
The Road Safety Authority, engage in the promotion of Road safety through advertising campaigns and the distribution of literature and high visibility materials etc. They also provide educational programmes for schools such as;
Be Safe (5 to 12-year-olds)
‘Be Safe’ is an activity- based resource pack on road safety, fire safety and water safety. With materials aimed at children from infants to sixth class, it was developed specifically as part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum and is relevant to the SPHE strand, ‘Myself’, which addresses safety and protection, personal safety, safety issues and making decisions.
Seatbelt Sheriff & Hi Glo Silver (7 to 9-year-olds)
Seatbelt Sheriff is a successful programme aimed at primary school children in first class and is a fun way to get children engaged in the issue of road safety. Children become Seatbelt Sheriffs by taking a pledge to always wear their seatbelt and also make sure that everyone else in the car is buckled up. In 2007 the campaign was expanded to include ‘Hi Glo Silver’. He encourages children to remind their parents that they should wear high-visibility jackets or belts when out walking. More information and class kits are available from www.seatbeltsheriff.ie.
Streetwise (12 to 15-year-olds)
Streetwise is an activity based interactive Road Safety Educational Resource. It is for the Junior Certificate Programme under the curriculum subject CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education). It's designed in CD-ROM to be easy to follow, so that a teacher can pick up the resource and start the programme immediately. The lessons come in different formats, which allow teachers flexibility in their engagement with the students. The module can run over 12 weeks and include topics covering pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, safety belts, speed, hazard perception, driver fatigue, drink driving and road safety engineering.
'Your road to safety' - transition year programme (16 to 18-year-olds)
Consisting of a 45-hour version and a 20-hour fast-track option, the programme provides important educational material and learning on road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists. It covers such issues as seatbelts and airbags, driver fatigue, drink/drug driving, road-safety engineering and enforcement, basic first aid at road crashes, emergency services and rehabilitation, licensing and insurance issues, the NCT, purchasing a car and driving abroad. Relevant driver theory test content is included at the end of each module.
Third level (17 to 24-year-olds)
Safegrads - third level road safety guidelines
The RSA co-ordinated road safety education guidelines aimed at third level education institutions. The guidelines provide third level colleges a structure on which they can build a successful road safety week. The programme includes a road safety interactive shuttle, a fire and ambulance rescue extrication, Garda Síochana Road Show - 'It won't happen to me', road safety campaigns, road safety questions and answers session, road safety table quiz, road safety photography competition, road safety music challenge, and many more events.
Protecting our community - a call to action!
The community road safety programme promotes road safety awareness. It is aimed at adults and the programme includes a resource pack and an accompanying DVD. Based on Rules of the Road, it aims to change the attitudes and behaviour of drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.
For more information about RSA's community-based programmes or to request material, contact:
Research & Education Unit
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park
Tel: 096 25002/25050
The RSA also run a practical educational programme for Primary School children known as Streetsmart for different age groups between 4-12 years. The Road safety authority representatives are on hand to co-ordinate the activities with the help of the teachers at the school. The props consist of a true-to-life streetscape which requires a 10m x 10m space to set up. There is usually a long waiting list for this resource and bookings can be made by e-mail to StreetSmart@rsa.ie. In some instances a particular school in an area will facilitate the setting up of the props in a large assembly hall and other schools, in the area, who don't have such facility, may travel to that school by mutual consent.