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Andrew William Chambers died after being struck by a lorry on the N1 at Dromad

Andrew William Chambers died after being struck by a lorry on the N1 at Dromad

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The death of a 21 year old man on the N1 outside Dundalk was among seven fatalities on Irish roads over the June Bank holiday weekend.

Father of one Andrew William Chambers, Commons School Road, Newry, was a pedestrian who tragically died after being struck by an articulated truck on the main Dundalk- Newry Road at Dromad in the early hours of June 7th.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to the fatal collision to come forward. Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the N1 at Carrickarnan, Drumad between midnight and 12:30am are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on (042) 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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The local road death brought to 77 the number of people who have died on the country’s roads so far this year, compared with 48 for the same period last year. It was the third person to have died on Louth roads so far in 2022.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) appealed to all road users to take extra care after what was described as an “appalling weekend”.

Chairperson Liz O’Donnell said the RSA had noticed in the last year a “cavalier” attitude to speed limits, especially in 50kmh and 80kmh zones. Whilst not commenting on any specific incident, she said in 50kmh areas, motorists were putting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and children at risk, while 80kmh covered rural roads where many fatal crashes occurred.

 A Road Safety Authority report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost one third of all fatal collisions during that period. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.

Adrian O’Sullivan, Road Safety Officer with Louth County Council explained the stark consequences speeding can have. “If a motorist hits a pedestrian or cyclist at 50 km/h, they have a 50% chance of living. If they are hit at 60 km/h, the chance of survival drops to just 10%. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions. This is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety”.

“I am appealing to all road users to examine how they behave on the road and to take greater responsibility and practice good road safety habits. Slow down, drive at a speed appropriate to the conditions and remember a speed limit is not a target.”


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