National case study: Irish Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week in Ireland is an annual event held in October coordinated by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The RSA was formed by the Irish Government in 2006 to research and promote road safety.

Irish Road Safety Week begins with the Annual Academic Road Safety Lecture, which focuses on a different theme each year, for example learner drivers or driver health. The lecture is accompanied by presentations from experts on that year’s theme.

The RSA organises activities for the Week including: seminars for employers on driver safety; social media giveaways including driver manuals and bicycle lights; events with the RSA’s shuttle bus with interactive games and activities; and road safety initiatives in schools. The RSA also uses Road Safety Week to open their annual Road Safety Awards for entries.

Schools, communities, local authorities and organisations are encouraged to run their own Road Safety Week events alongside RSA activities. Examples of participation from these groups include:

  • The Irish Tyre Industry Association offered free tyre safety checks.
  • Student unions ran road safety workshops, giveaways and crash re-enactments with the help of emergency services.
  • The local authority in County Mayo worked with local opticians to offer free eye tests to drivers over the age of 55.
  • Pre-schools and primary schools organised road safety awareness days for children and distributed information to parents about child safety in cars.

The tagline for the Week is ‘Live by the rules of the road’ though participants can decide on an appropriate road safety issue to be the focus of their event or activity. Information and resources for Road Safety Week in Ireland are available on the RSA website.

-   Visit the Road Safety Authority website for more information.
-   Find out how you can organise a similar event on our governments & NGOs page.
-   Read about other events through our Road Safety Week map.