CiNews: Luminous jackets to be distributed to Tuam archdiocese churches

Below is a short excerpt from CiNews about an initiative of Mayo County Council to provide high-visibility jackets to churches in the archdiocese of Tuam as part of a new road safety campaign.

Churches in the archdiocese of Tuam are to receive high-visibility jackets as part of a new road safety campaign.

The jackets come compliments of Mayo County Council, with the intention that they will be made available to volunteers who marshal traffic at funerals and other events in the churches on dark evenings.  Mayo County Council Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said that as clocks will soon change to winter time, it was opportune to begin a road safety campaign.

“As evenings become darker people should remember the importance of being clearly visible to drivers and we need to take every precaution,” he said.  “Pedestrians can take a first step by wearing a high visibility vest -it may not be fashionable, but could save your life.”

Archdiocese spokesperson Fr Fintan Monaghan said that the Church in the diocese is “fully behind the campaign.”

“We all need to play our part to make our roads safer as so far in 2011, 130 people have lost their lives on the republic’s roads,” he pointed out.  “This loss of human life is heart-breaking for the loved ones of the deceased and a tragedy for society as a whole.”

By Fintan Deere

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