Gardaí have urged car and tractor drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to “share the space” on roads.
Garda Síochána Kilkenny/Carlow made the appeal on social media in recent days.
This comes following an incident whereby a tractor driver caused a line of “at least” vehicles in the south-east of the country.
Gardaí highlighted the incident on social media on Saturday, August 28th, 2021.
Kilkenny tractor driver
“This short clip captured by a passenger in a vehicle travelling from Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny shows a tractor towing a trailer with a queue behind it.”
“There was also a line of at least 50 vehicles behind the one that shot the video.”
“The tractor had travelled the full distance from Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny without availing of any opportunities to pull in.”
“A poor show. Let’s all show consideration to each other on our roads,” the spokesperson concluded.
Share the space on roads
In its latest appeal, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Kilkenny/Carlow said:
“Recent posts have demonstrated that there is a huge animated discussion about how best we ‘Share the Space’ on our roads.”
“Car drivers, HGV and Agricultural Vehicle Operators all must share the space with pedestrians, people in charge of animals, horse riders, cyclists and motorcyclists.”
“Sometimes it helps if we put ourselves in the shoes of the other road user and try and see their perspective.”
“Cyclists and pedestrians do not pay road tax, but they need to be accorded respect as road users. They also have obligations to ensure they play their part.”
“Drivers of all vehicles need to be aware of their role, and every driver needs to show due consideration for other road users.”
“Many of us are, in fact, pedestrians, cyclists, car and tractor drivers, so see all the perspectives. Let’s all do our bit and stay safe,” the spokesperson concluded.