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RSA needs to get a grip on reality

I AGREE with your anonymous correspondent that not wearing seat belts is "suicidal", which, along with the suicidal behaviours of pedestrians, are the main Road Safety Authority (RSA) campaigns (Letters, January 19).

But the RSA should be concentrating its resources on the various forms of dangerous driving, such as excess speed, dangerous overtaking and tailgating, which it tends to ignore.

If the RSA had done any research it would know that an increase in pedestrian casualties followed the introduction of seat belts because people felt safer and took more risks.

It would also know that victim-blaming in the case of pedestrians actually encourages dangerous driving because motorists are led to believe that they are not responsible for hitting pedestrians.

MICHAEL JOB
Glengarriff, Co Cork

Irish Independent