Sunday 26 February 2017

Road deaths are rising - we need to talk about young men and alcohol

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

A distressing feature of being chairperson of the Road Safety Authority is that each day I receive an email updating me on fatal crashes. Our role as the lead agency in road safety is to monitor deaths and serious injuries on Irish roads. So the figures matter. It is the only way we can measure how successful or otherwise we are in reducing the number and severity of crashes.

We have come a long way in road safety. I can remember clearly even 10 years ago, when we had 365 deaths - one a day - on our roads.

Through concerted efforts, we have brought those figures down by more than 50pc. Last year was the second-safest year for road safety, with 166 deaths.

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