Monday 1 May 2017

Bressie remembers tragic friends in new road safety campaign

Melanie Finn, SHOWBIZ EDITOR

Niall Breslin (33) has lashed out at dangerous drivers, calling them an "utter disgrace".

The Voice of Ireland judge has revealed how he has lost several friends to road traffic accidents and something needs to be done urgently to change attitudes.

When he was 15 or 16 years old, he had to cope with the tragic deaths of a few close friends who lost their lives on the roads.

"Everyone has lost someone. You get that call and you hear it's someone you're in school with. It's a real dark trait of our society," he said.

"A few friends of mine have unfortunately died on the roads and some of them, it wasn't their fault. It was wrong place, wrong time."

However, he said he also knows people who are "pretty lethal" when they get behind the wheel of a car.

"I think that it's people driving cars selfishly. It's a complete and utter disgrace."

He also hit out at the "boy racer" culture prevalent in Ireland and said young drivers nearly need a "rude awakening" to realise how dangerous the roads can be.

 

"I've even had a few scares, nothing serious but it's taken me months to get over it and you're still very, very wary," he continued.

"The culture is unfortunately that there's an element of coolness with it and it's actually lethal. My mother always used to say, 'It's not you I'm worried about on the roads -- it's other people'."

The popular musician has joined forces with eFlow in an initiative to promote safe driving among young adults.

Figures have revealed that the greatest number of fatalities last year were among those aged 16-25, with 190 people killed.

He added: "I got my full licence at 17 but I had very wary parents who didn't want to put me in a car until I was 100pc. Until I was 20, they wouldn't let me go on my own.

"The death rate has come down a lot, down from 540 when the Road Safety Authority started it's campaign. It's amazing what they've done and eFlow's campaign should be really, really strong too."

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