Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Frances Fitzgerald


409 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will start a new road safety campaign outlining basic rules of the road. [7563/01]

The Rules of the Road booklet is currently being revised by my Department in light of changes in road traffic law and regulations since 1995. Responsibility for developing and disseminating road safety advertisements and publicity is assigned to the National Safety Council which promotes TV and other media and awareness campaigns on road safety on a continuing basis. The design of these campaigns is a matter for the council having regard to the prioritisation by the Government Strategy for Road Safety 1998-2002 of the key areas of speeding, drink driving and seat belt wearing.

In addition to major national campaigns, the council also supports and encourages the organisation of projects and initiatives at local and community levels. I will arrange that the matter raised in the question is brought to the attention of the National Safety Council.