Paschal Donohoe: Our roads are safer - but we all have a part to play
Today I will be publishing a provisional review of road fatalities for 2015 with An Garda Síochána and the RSA. At the time of writing, there have been 153 people killed so far this year on our roads.
Every single one of those deaths leaves behind a family devastated by grief and, heartbreakingly, an empty place at the Christmas dinner table. However, the positive news is that we are making really good progress in respect of the number of fatalities on our roads.
As of today, 36 fewer people have been killed on Irish roads compared to the same time last year. That's a reduction of 19pc. This is a reversal of a trend that had seen figures rise in recent years. In fact, this year we are on course for the lowest ever number of people killed in a single year on our roads since records began in 1959.