The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has announced that its Interactive Road Safety Shuttle will travel to Waterford this coming week. This mobile interactive unit, designed to educate and engage the public on road safety, will be stationed at various locations in Waterford from 26th-28th July 2023.
What is the Shuttle?
The RSA Interactive Road Safety Shuttle is a cutting-edge initiative that aims to provide the general public and other target audiences with an immersive experience, raising awareness about critical road safety issues. Equipped with the latest simulations and immersive VR technologies, the Shuttle focuses on addressing killer behaviours on our roads such as speeding, driver distraction, fatigue, driving under the influence, and other important road safety concerns. Visitors will have the opportunity to test their driving skills and reaction times on car simulators, as well as experience real-life situations, such as avoiding distractions in busy traffic or staying awake during late-night drives. Cyclists can also participate and improve their knowledge of road rules using the surround screen simulator, while a similar motorcycle simulator offers valuable insights into a biker's perspective on the road.
Community Safety Partnership Coordinator, Eddie Mulligan emphasized the learning aspects of the Shuttle, stating: "The RSA Interactive Road Safety Shuttle presents a unique opportunity for our community to actively engage in road safety education. We’re very glad to see people in Waterford getting this opportunity. By participating in the interactive simulations, we can all gain valuable insights into the dangers of bad behaviour on the roads. Our message is that road safety is a shared responsibility, and together we can make a difference in reducing accidents and saving lives."
During the shuttle’s Waterford visit, the Road Safety Educators, a team of qualified teachers, will be present, leading the sessions and introducing participants to the VR experiences. They will be available throughout the session to discuss all aspects of road safety and address any queries attendees may have.
Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership Chair, Seán Aylward, further commented on the opportunity afforded by the visit of the RSA Interactive Road Safety Shuttle's in Waterford, saying: “With the concerning rise in road traffic accidents, the need for proactive safety initiatives is critical. These events present an great opportunity for our community to actively engage in road safety education and witness firsthand the potential dangers on our roads. The need for such initiatives is underscored by provisional fatality statistics for 2022, indicating a concerning rise in accidents. As of 1st June 2023, the RSA Research Department highlights the urgency for road safety awareness and action. I urge everyone to attend and be part of the collective effort to foster road safety awareness in Waterford.”
Shuttle Event Details
- Wednesday, 26th July 2023 - Dungarvan Davit’s Quay Car Park (Across Civic Offices)
- Thursday, 27th July 2023 - Waterford City, Bolton Street Car Park
- Friday, 28th July 2023 - Tramore Promenade Car Park
- Times: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm