Friday 23 March 2018

37 fewer deaths but 154 still died on Irish roads this year

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Some 37 fewer deaths have taken place on our roads this year in contrast with last year - but 154 families are still mourning the death of a loved one this Christmas, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has said.

The new statistics released today show that pedestrians and cyclists are still extremely vulnerable on our roads - particularly at night and if not wearing high-viz clothing.

Young unaccompanied drivers are also a higher risk group, with parents warned that if they decide not to be present with their leaner driver children, they should be aware that they are putting them at a four to five times higher risk of being involved in a serious collision, Moya Murdock,Chief executive of the Road Safety Authority has said.

July still continues to be the most dangerous month of the year, she revealed.

Minister Donohoe said it is sobering to realise that so many families will not be able to celebrate Christmas because of the death or life changing injuries of their loved ones.

Progress in the message is beginning to be heard and to make changes that will deliver a substantial reduction in road deaths but too many families are still suffering the consequences, he said.

While many of us will be relaxing at Christmas, the gardai will be out working to make our roads safe, he reminded.

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