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All Party Road Safety Assembly Group launched today in Stormont

11 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan, who is the Vice Chairperson of the new All Party Road Safety Assembly Group launched today in Stormont, has welcomed the attendance of the Environment Minister Arlene Foster and Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy.

Mr Boylan said:

"This is an important new all-party group that can bring new thinking and provide a new platform for those affected by the carnage on our roads.

"Sadly, yesterday evening saw the 100th tragic death on our roads this year, in my own constituency, in Armagh city. I am sure all will express their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased and to also wish a quick and speedy recovery to the other four injured in the accident.

"Unfortunately, as we know only too well, there is no quick recovery from the trauma and grief felt by those left behind when someone dies or is seriously injured in a road traffic accident.

"This latest fatality, on top of the dreadful sequence of accidents the other weekend which saw multiple deaths in a few hours, must encourage us to redouble our efforts to eradicate the avoidable loss of lives on our roads. All of us who are taking part on this working group have given a commitment to work with all departments, bodies and individuals who can help to stop road deaths and serious injuries.

"Each party may have different views on how to get to the point, but working together I hope we can reach a consensus to move forward and ensure that through education, especially of young people, a zero tolerance approach to drink driving and the need to reduce the culture of speeding, north and south, we will be able to drastically cut the number of victims of road traffic accidents." ENDS

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