Next time somebody tells you cyclist don’t obey red lights, have this little nugget at the ready.
The assumption that cyclists break red lights regularly and motorists rarely do so has been turn on its head; and by the Garda of all people!
The force has released official figures at the launch of a new safety campaign that show far, far more drivers are being caught breaking red lights than cyclists.
The ratio, to be precise, is 8.4 driver detetections to every 1 cyclist caught.
The latest Garda figures, which cover the period to October 6th, reveal there have been a total of 1,450 red light offences so far in 2016.
Motorists account for 1,296 of those detections and cyclists account for 154.
In terms of general road use, there are five times more drivers on the roads than cyclists in Dublin.
That’s according to a key indicator published regularly by the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council.
On average, 53,064 motorists travel into Dublin city centre each day between 7am and 10am, compared to 10,893 cyclists.
The Garda revealed the numbers for red light detections when launching the ‘Safer Roads for Dublin’ campaign in the city for the next couple of months.
There will be a Garda focus in October and November on cyclists and motorists breaking red lights, and pedestrians are also being encouraged to only cross roads when the lights are with them.
The campaign is being run now because the next two months are regarded as especially dangerous on Dublin roads and because fatalities are creeping up again in the Dublin region.
Nine cyclists have lost their lives on roads across the Republic so far this year, and three have died in the North.
So far this year there have been 12 fatalities of all descriptions on the roads of Dublin region, one more than in all of 2015.
There have been seven pedestrians killed this year in Dublin; all of them struck by cars, according to the Garda.
Pedestrians have been involved in 42 per cent of all fatal collisions in the Dublin since the start of 2013 and 11 per cent of fatalities in the city have been cyclists.
Chief Supt Aidan Reid, head of Dublin’s Traffic Corps, said the enforcement campaign was determined to get the message through to drivers and cyclists that running a red light was dangerous even though it may seem to some like a minor offence.
“We are aiming this red light running campaign at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and appealing to them to reduce the risk to themselves and others by simply obeying the rules of the road when the traffic light is red.
“This campaign is all about reducing risks. Risks cause injury and fatalities on our roads.
“This year has seen 12 road deaths in Dublin, one more than in 2015 so we must re-double our efforts to ensure this does not increase further.”