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'At least four' will die on roads over Christmas

Published 23/12/2015 | 02:30

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Road safety authorities expect "another four to six deaths" to take place on our roads before the end of the year, and have warned against complacency while driving this Christmas.

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Two deaths occurred in Cork yesterday - after statistics were released that showed 2015 was a record year for road safety, with a total of 154 deaths occurring, a decrease of 37 on last year's figure.

However, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe warned of the almost inevitable fatalities on the country's roads over the Christmas holidays.

"But not only can we save more lives, we also have the possibility of making 2015 the safest year on our roads since we began recording road deaths in 1959," he said.

The official figures showed 69 drivers, 25 passengers, 31 pedestrians, 20 motorcyclists and nine cyclists died in accidents this year.

Moyagh Murdock, RSA chief executive, said that young male drivers were still the most dangerous road users - with road death statistics showing that many do not wear their seatbelts.

"We don't know if it's a fashion thing amongst young men," she said.

Irish Independent

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