Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Seán Ó Fearghaíl says a greater effort is needed at Government level to help reduce the number of pedestrian deaths on Irish roads.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl made the comments after recent figures released by the Road Safety Authority show that 535 pedestrians died in road accidents over the last decade, with 9 deaths taking place in County Kildare.

“The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has had great success in reducing the number of motorist deaths on Irish roads over the last decade. However the number of pedestrians who have been killed on Irish roads in the same period of time is a cause for serious concern,” said Deputy Ó Fearghaíl.

“The Government needs to make more resources available to the RSA to allow them do everything in their power to reduce the number of collisions involving pedestrians. This includes the provision of high visibility clothing and lighting equipment for pedestrians who use roads, especially in rural areas. The RSA also needs to be supported in going into our schools and giving road safety lessons to children of all ages.

“It’s also important that the Government undertakes an up to date assessment of hazardous road locations where pedestrian’s lives are at risk. Footpaths should be put in place where possible, but naturally this is not possible in all locations. In other locations the Government must consider the possibility of installing street lighting to help make it safer for pedestrians, particularly at road junctions.

“The RSA does a fantastic job in promoting road safety, but it must be adequately resourced to ensure it can tackle the high number of pedestrian deaths on our roads.”