Thursday 18 December 2014

Eight cyclists killed on Irish roads this year

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:37

Eight cyclists killed on Irish roads this year

Eight cyclists have been killed on Irish roads so far this year, already surpassing or equalling the total number of deaths for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

These statistics put Ireland on course to have the worst year for cyclist fatalities since 2008 when 13 died on the roads.

These figures come as Gay Byrne said that a smart lawyer will help avoid prosecution for speeding road users.

Byrne, who is to stand down as chairman of the Road Safety Authority, was commenting on the new court ruling that a photograph must be provided by gardai as evidence in speeding cases before defendants are brought to court.

He said that the need for a photograph to be sent together with a summons was new to him.

“I thought such photographs would be produced as evidence in court, but this is another grey area which will need to be clarified once and for all. The departments of transport and justice will liaise with each other.

“In the meantime, I expect a raft of people will get off with their speeding charges,” he said.

Dr Mike McKillen of advocacy group Cyclist.ie says that it is hard to say what the cause of the increase in cycling facilities is.

“Numbers are so small it is hard to say what the cause of the increase is,” he told The Irish Times.

“One contributing factor could be the upturn in the economy which is bringing more trucks on to our roads again.”

An inquest into the death of Louise Butler earlier this week highlighted the danger caused to cyclists by trucks.

The 26-year-old was cycling to work when she was hit by a truck turning left in Blackrock, Co Dublin, last August.

The forensic collision investigator told the court she may have been in a blind spot for the truck.

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