Alan Shatter: Let’s prevent road deaths this winter
Buckle up and slow down
Every death on our roads is a tragic waste of a human life, very often a young life. It is true that road deaths in Ireland have been steadily decreasing in recent years, falling from 338 in 2007 to 161 in 2012, but the vast majority of road traffic collisions are preventable and every needless death on our roads is a tragedy too many.
I want to thank the Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority for their enormous work in helping to achieve the reduction in road traffic deaths in recent years. But we must never lose sight of our goal – to reduce to the absolute minimum possible the number of road traffic collisions in this State.
As Minister for Justice, I want to highlight the factors behind road deaths to all road users and everyone involved in road safety.