Friday 23 March 2018

Our hearts go out to parents -- driver's family

Treacy Hogan

OUR hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones in the worst 24 hours on our roads for many years.

Inevitably, such terrible events re-focus attention on the extent and effectiveness of the ongoing effort to reduce the overall toll of deaths.

Thankfully, we have moved on from the dark days when between 400 and 600 road users died every year.

Ireland has gone from having one of the worst road safety records in Europe to being among the best .

This is scant consolation to the families of those who continue to lose members in road tragedies.

Sadly, we can never eradicate weekends such as the one we have just had.

But it is important to remember that these weekends are thankfully the exception now, not the norm.


Only a decade ago, we woke up on most Mondays hearing of as many as ten road deaths.

That the incidence of weekend clusters of deaths has reduced, is cold comfort for bereaved families.

The tragedies are a stark reminder of the clear and ever present dangers of using our roads, day and night.

We can never accept that deaths are an inevitable consequence of using these roads, and do nothing to reduce the risks.

The number of people who perish, expected to be below 200 this year, is still too high,

And there is always a danger of getting complacent and say that the job is done.

The October bank holiday weekend approaches, and clocks go back an hour, making the roads darker for longer. Weather conditions will deteriorate as winter takes hold.

This increases the risks for all road users, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Increased vigilance is required by all.

Irish Independent

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