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New Luas Safety Campaign Shows Near Misses - And Big Impacts

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11:26 4 Jun 2019

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Luas operator Transdev has launched an appeal to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to remember that seconds could change their life.

It's released a video showing some near misses, and big impacts, involving pedestrians and cars.

"Luas trams travel on a fixed track; trams cannot swerve, trams take time to break and stop, and coming into contact with a tram can result in a serious injury or fatality", it says.

Luas drivers continually report the same incidents - pedestrians jaywalking, never looking left and right, often with headphones in and heads down.

While motorists and cyclists are breaking red lights.

Last year, the Luas made 25 contacts with vehicles, nine contacts with pedestrians and one contact with a cyclist.

While between January and April this year, trams made 14 contacts with vehicles and seven contacts with pedestrians

One serious contact with a vehicle saw a tram derailing, while two people died after being struck by a tram.

Tram contacts with both pedestrians and vehicles have slightly increased so far this year.

Advice from Luas to pedestrians and road users is to always remember to:

  • Stay focused
  • Always look left and right before crossing Luas tracks
  • Slow down coming up to traffic lights
  • Don't assume the tram is going to be able to stop instantly
  • Familiarise yourself with the tram lines
  • If you see a motorist break a red light report it to An Garda Síochána

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