RSA Issues Advice To Motorists And Pedestrians During Storm

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THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking Kerry road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday night and Friday morning as Storm Callum approaches.

Strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides will affect the county with winds strongest overnight and early on Friday, reaching speeds of between 110 and 130km/h at coasts.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding in affected counties and drivers are advised to never attempt to drive through flooded roads and to heed any warnings or detours Kerry County Council or Gardai may have in place.

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The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

• Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
• Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
• Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
• Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
• Drive with dipped headlights at all times

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

• Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
• Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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