Friday 23 March 2018

Road users urged to ensure no road deaths on September 21, as death toll hits 131

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Gardai are urging road users to make September 21 'European Day Without A Road Death' (EDWARD)

The initiative has been launched to ensure no one dies on the roads that day, as 131 people have lost their lives on our roads so far this year, an increase of 18 when compared to the same period last year.

Four people have died on the roads over the last seven days, with an average of 15 people dying on the roads every month.

Read More: Five perish on Irish roads to exceed death-toll target

To support Project EDWARD, road-users are being asked to make an online pledge to be a better, safer driver on To date, 96,214 pledges have been made by road-users throughout Europe.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD said:

"We have all been impacted by the appalling loss of life on our roads over the past few weeks. I hope that it serves as a reminder of just how vulnerable we are on the roads. However, small changes to our behaviour can have a significant, life-saving impact. ”

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said:

"We now need to re-focus our efforts in order to prevent further needless loss of life. Project EDWARD is an excellent opportunity to turn our attention towards our own behaviour on the roads, to take personal responsibility for our actions, and to make every effort to share the roads safely with one another.”

Pearse White, Director, Road Safety Authority said road safety is a "shared responsibility".

"None of us has the right to behave in a way that endangers others. You might think that it’s ok to drive a little bit above the speed limit, or to just have a couple of drinks and drive home, or to not bother putting your seatbelt on in the car. But the tragic reality is that these actions could have serious and devastating consequences for others. There are no more excuses - we need to improve how we use the road.”

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