Opinion Editorial

Monday 23 October 2017

Time for a new direction on our lethal roads

Leo Varadkar,TD, the Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport
Leo Varadkar,TD, the Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport

The latest road traffic statistics make for abysmal reading, both for those charged with the job of enforcing the rules of the road and for road users in general. According to garda figures, 188 people have been killed on Irish roads this year, which is 26 more than last year and the worst year for road deaths in years.

Broken down, these were made up of 95 drivers, 32 passengers, 29 pedestrians, 27 motorcycles, and five cyclists.

It is impossible to measure the grief that each road death brings.

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