Saturday 21 April 2018

Number of children killed on Irish roads in 2014 already twice that of 2013

Newly appointed Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe. Photo credit: Gerry Mooney
Newly appointed Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe. Photo credit: Gerry Mooney

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

THE number of children killed on the roads has doubled year-on-year.

Some 13 children aged under 14 have died in the first eight months of the year, compared with six throughout 2013.

The stark figures come amid deep concern about the growing number of people dying on our roads.

So far this year, 125 have died – up three on 2013, which was the first annual increase in seven years.

Launching its annual “Back to School” campaign, the Road Safety Authority said while the positive trend of reduce carnage on the roads in recent years faced being undermined by the number of children killed this year.

With Electric Ireland, the RSA will distributed 85,500 high-visibility vests to every child starting school this year.

“We are delighted to work with Electric Ireland to ensure every child who is starting school this year has a high visibility vest to keep them safe and seen on their way to and from school,” RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said.

“Every year, we remind parents and guardians to make sure that road safety is a top priority on their child’s back to school checklist. This year, with the rise in deaths of children on our roads, we would ask parents and guardians to more than ever keep road safety top of mind. Children are the most vulnerable of our road-users so it is really important that they are ‘streetwise’ about road safety.”

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said the increase in child fatalities was “incredibly worrying”, adding that parents had a responsibility to teach their children how to be safe on the roads.

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