Thursday 14 December 2017

Care on roads urged for new year revellers

Jason O'Brien and Nick Bramhill

ROAD users have been urged to drive safely amid worsening weather conditions tonight after one of the safest years in memory.

Up to yesterday, some 212 people had lost their lives on Irish roads this year -- a distressing number but a drop of 26 in the number of deaths last year, and a significant fall in the 411 deaths in 2001.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged people to plan their travel arrangements if they are heading out to ring in the New Year tonight, with Met Eireann saying temperatures will once again drop below freezing.

"Because of the change in behaviour of many road users, 2010 has seen another reduction in deaths on our roads and for this I thank the people and agencies who have contributed to saving the lives of others," Noel Brett of the RSA said.

"As we look forward to a new year, I ask you to continue this life-saving behaviour and ensure that your loved ones don't needlessly suffer the grief and tragedy of another crashed life on the roads."

He urged people to leave the car at home and designate a driver or call a taxi, and asked pedestrians and cyclists to ensure they were visible.

"Don't drive if you are feeling tired and never ever drink or drug drive. With the current weather conditions, you do not know what is around the next corner so please drive carefully."

Irish Independent

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