Being Aware will help save lives
Statistics tell strange tales. Apparently, while we have a dreadful death toll annually on our roads it is actually less than half the published figure for deaths from suicide.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) gets many millions in funding from the State yet their campaigns appear to be of little or no use in reaching the under-25 male drivers who are the people who clearly need them most.
At the same time, Aware, that wonderful organisation which helps those who suffer from depression, struggles each year to find the necessary funding, 80pc of which comes from charity fundraising activities and only 20pc from statutory bodies.
When compared to the funding given to the RSA, I believe that maybe we have got our priorities mixed up. I am not for a moment trying to diminish the importance of road safety. It would be grossly irresponsible to do so. I am simply attempting to clarify the issues and see how matters might be improved and help given to those who need it most.
It puzzles me that while we spend multi-millions trying to cut the numbers of road deaths, we are lax in our official support for the groups who work to prevent the 500 or more suicides that occur annually and are increasing in number.
Road deaths could be reduced further. Young women are statistically proven to be extremely safe drivers while young men are the opposite.
Most young men are genetically programmed to take risk and seek out danger. This is something we, the males of our species, have inherited as a means of ensuring that we would be prepared to go out and fight and die if necessary to defend the tribe.
Young men make great soldiers because they know no fear and traditionally vie with each other to show how daring and brave they are.