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Slow down this Christmas - Doherty

22 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Transport Spokeperson Senator Pearse Doherty has called on all motorists to play their part to ensure a safe Christmas on Ireland's roads. Speaking today Senator Doherty said, "I want to make a call to all motorists to take care on the roads this Christmas. This is a particularly cold Christmas and there is ice on many roads. People should remember to be careful, slow down and not be in a rush to get to get to places. The most important thing is that they get there safe. All motorists have a role to play in ensuring that this Christmas is a safe one on our roads.

"Every year hundreds of people are killed on our roads. It is for that reason that Sinn Féin has made road safety a top priority. Our All-Ireland Road Safety Policy document, launched earlier this year, outlines very clear proposals including increasing all-Ireland Ministerial and Departmental cooperation in the area of transport including road safety; an all-Ireland Road Safety Strategy to harmonise speed limits (into kmph as required under EU law), road signs and other road safety measures; a single Road Safety Authority for the entire island; an all-Ireland licensing system, including a common driving test and a common penalty points system." ENDS

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