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Saturday 18 November 2017

Road death fears for commuter students

Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock Picture: PA
Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock Picture: PA
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Road safety bosses are concerned that accommodation shortages which force students and workers to commute is leading to an increased number of deaths on the roads.

Road Safety Authority (RSA) chief executive Moyagh Murdock also warned that a lack of Garda resources, coupled with less funding for road improvements, was hampering the ability of safety agencies to reduce the carnage.

As of 9am yesterday, 17 people had been killed on the roads, a drop of one compared to the same period of last year. But there is growing concern about the number of pedestrians being killed, with seven losing their lives in 2017 so far.

Ms Murdock said that among the issues the RSA would address this year included the number of people forced to commute to work and college.

"The RSA is interested in establishing if there is a link between the current accommodation crisis in major cities, and an increase in young people commuting long distances to work or college that may be increasing the risk exposure of this group of young drivers," she said. "We propose conducting research to investigate this question further."

Last year saw deaths rise to 188, up 26 on 2015. The RSA is also working to name and shame disqualified drivers, with Ms Murdock saying up to 7pc of collisions were caused by "risky and dangerous" motorists.

Irish Independent

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