Friday 23 June 2017

Dáil vigil for road victims

Ethan Lieghio (8) with a photo of his aunt Marsia Lieghio at the vigil at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Ethan Lieghio (8) with a photo of his aunt Marsia Lieghio at the vigil at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Families of road death victims have held a vigil in memory of their loved ones as part of a campaign to seek stronger punishments for reckless drivers. Members of the Irish Road Victims Association placed photographs of dozens of people who've died on Irish roads at the gates of Leinster House.

They were later joined by hundreds of bike users from the Dublin Cycling campaign, who want 10pc of the Government's transport budget allocated to cycling infrastructure.

Aoife Martin is a member of both groups. Her mother Maureen (52) died after she was hit by a truck on a left turn on Dublin's Navan Road in 2008. She said losing her mother was a "harrowing experience" for her family that she would "never like to see happen to anyone else".

She's in favour of Fine Gael's proposed law that would see motorists get penalty points and a fine if they drive too close to cyclists. She said such a law could promote "mutual respect" between drivers and cyclists and make drivers more actively aware of vulnerable road users.

Irish Independent

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