GARDAÍ are urging pedestrians to take care on the roads, particularly when on a night out.
The plea is being made amid concerns that seven pedestrians were killed in Cork in 2018. Five of the deaths were in Cork city.
Inspector James Hallahan of the roads policing unit in Anglesea Street said gardaí will be putting a big concentration this year on the safety of pedestrians.
He advised walkers and runners to always wear high-visibility vests, to carry a torch and to face traffic at all times.
"If people are going out drinking, we would advise people to look at public transport, try to arrange a lift with someone who is not drinking. If a person is drunk in a nightclub or a pub, we would ask the publican or the licensee or the staff member to just take that step and ask how are they getting home and can they call them a taxi or organise a lift."
He stressed the importance of pedestrians wearing high-visibility vests and said that gardaí will be making them readily available from stations in Cork in the coming months.
The vests are also available free of charge from the Road Safety Authority's website.
There was an increase of 23% in the southern region, covering Cork, Kerry and Limerick, in the number of accidents which resulted in serious and life-changing injuries – 180 in 2017 to 222 last year.
In Cork, there were 40 serious injury accidents last year, down from 43 in 2017.
There were 304 accidents involving non-serious injuries, representing an increase of 7% on 2017, and 3,268 material damage accidents, which was up 6%.
Gardai are planning a series of workshops with workplaces and schools in the coming months on road safety.