Fatal stretch is on national list of blackspots
Published 26/08/2010 | 05:00
THE road on which the four young people lost their lives yesterday has been identified by gardai as being among the most dangerous in the country.
The N72 between Killarney and Barraduff is on the official garda list of collision-prone zones, where speed cameras will be deployed from October.
These zones are road sections measuring between 5km and 8km which have been identified as being predisposed to collisions. They were identified after an analysis by gardai, the National Roads Authority, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Local Government Computer Services Board.
Four people have died and nine were seriously injured in the past decade on this stretch of road, and 22 received minor injuries.
A Listowel-based private contractor, GoSafe, will operate mobile safety cameras in 700 collision-prone zones around the country that have been identified as road traffic blackspots with a history of speed-related deaths and injuries.
Yesterday's deaths bring to 137 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year.
The crash happened just a month after eight men were killed in one of the worst road accidents in the history of the State.
Seven young men from Inishowen in Co Donegal were in a car that collided with another vehicle near Buncrana, before ploughing into a third.
The driver of the third car was also killed.