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Friday 25 April 2014

Hard-hitting image drives home road safety message

REPRO FREE --   Dr Martin Boyd Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Kerry General Hospital, photographed at the AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in Tralee . Road deaths rising in Kerry-road safety message The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in conjunction with An Garda Siochana will deliver a hard-hitting road safety message to Kerry teenagers in Tralee Today. The event is organised with An Garda Siochana and the local emergency services *The average classroom in a school has 31 students multiply this by 6 classrooms of students and that equals 186, the number of people killed on Irish roads last year. With fatal collisions at 177 to date there has been an increase of 25 deaths on the same period last year. In 2012, there were 5 lives lost on Kerry Roads, To date there have been 12 lives lost on Kerry Roads. Statistics have shown that most Road Traffic Fatal and Serious Injury Collisions during winter months due to the dark nights and poorer road conditions. Since 2001, nearly 4000 lives have been lost on Irish roads along with over 10,000 serious injuries. To date there have been 28 pedestrians killed, 28 drivers and 5 cyclists. There have been 26 motorcyclist deaths, that is an increase of 10 deaths over the entire period of last year. Astonishingly 1 in 5 accidents are a result of occupants not wearing a seatbelt. The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow is aimed at transition students in Secondary Schools and depicts graphically how a night out can end in tragedy. The story is told as a sequence of events unfolds, by a Garda, ambulance personnel, fire officer, an Accident and Emergency consultant. We have a Mother Ann Tydings from Lisselton who lost her son Padraig to an accident the day after his 22nd birthday. Padraig was a back seat passenger in the car that crashed in 2004.   Colm Mc Grattan, Executive Director at AXA Insurance, commented: "As the largest Motor Insurer in Ireland, we deal with hundreds of claims every week as a result of traffic collisions. The effects are well documented - too m
Dr Martin Boyd Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Kerry General Hospital, at the AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in Tralee. Credit: Dominick Walsh

Nearly 4000 lives have been lost on Irish roads and over 10,000 serious injuries have been suffered in road accidents since 2001, a conference heard today.

The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow delivered a hard-hitting road safety message to teenagers in Kerry in conjunction with An Garda Siochana.

With fatal collisions at 177 to date, there has been an increase of 25 deaths on the same period last year, the conference heard.

And most fatal and serious injury collisions happen during winter months - due to the dark nights and poorer road conditions, statistics show.

Astonishingly, one in five accidents are a result of occupants not wearing a seatbelt.

The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow is aimed at transition students in secondary schools and depicts graphically how a night out can end in tragedy.

One attendee, Ann Tydings from Lisselton, lost her son Padraig to an accident the day after his 22nd birthday. Padraig was a back seat passenger in a car that crashed in 2004.  

Colm Mc Grattan, Executive Director at AXA Insurance, commented: "We deal with hundreds of claims every week as a result of traffic collisions.”

“The effects are well documented - too many people are being killed on our roads or seriously injured for life.”

“We hope that young people will learn from this event, think twice about the seriousness of safety when driving and realise the consequences of taking risks on the road.”

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