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All-Ireland drive to cut deaths of pedestrians

A CROSS-border road safety campaign has been launched to generate awareness about pedestrian vulnerability.

The initiative, which coincides with UN Global Road Safety Week, follows a weekend in which five people lost their lives on roads north and south.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage motorists to adjust their behaviour when sharing the road. Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said pedestrians were among the most at-risk road users.

"I encourage everyone to be extra safety-conscious during UN Global Road Safety Week and to watch out for other road-users, particularly vulnerable pedestrians," he said.



On Saturday, a teenage boy died hours after being knocked down at Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. His death brought to 16 the total number of pedestrians killed on Irish roads this year.

In Co Carlow, two women were killed when their car was in a collision with a mini bus on Saturday. And, in Northern Ireland, two men died in separate road accidents.

Globally, more than 5,000 pedestrians are killed on the roads each week. Last year, 37 people were killed while walking on the roads in Ireland.

Noel Brett, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: "In recent years, we have seen a significant rise in the number of people walking and exercising on our roads and it's really encouraging to see so many road users wearing high-visibility material. That said, unfortunately pedestrians are still more vulnerable in road fatality figures," he said.