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Moilligh Síos (Slow Down) this Christmas!

28 November, 2008

Ógra Shinn Féin National Organiser Barry McColgan has called upon young people in particular to take caution on the roads in the run up and over the Christmas period.

According to Mr. McColgan the Christmas and New Year period are peak times for road traffic collisions.

Speaking on the issue National Organiser of the republican youth organisation, Barry McColgan said,

"The issue of fatal road traffic collusions is a huge blight in Ireland. With a huge number of fatalities and casualties on our roads we must urge caution.

"Ogra Shinn Fein has pro-actively campaigned for road safety measures across Ireland, and has leafleted extensively, erected road signs, and hosted public vigils to raise awareness around the major issue of road safety.

"The Christmas and New Year period is a dangerous time on the road with bad weather particularly icy roads, an increase in traffic and many young people having a long school holiday. So I would urge parents, drivers and indeed young people themselves to be mindful of the added risk factor.

"I would also urge those who are socialising over the Christmas period to leave the car at home if they plan to drink alcohol. I would urge people who have consumed alcohol not to drive and avail of public transport, or a taxi as alternatives to taking the car.

"We re-iterate our demand for a comprehensive all-Ireland Road Safety Strategy. Road carnage is the second biggest killer of young people in Ireland, this statistic is deeply worrying and we believe that a major measure in dealing with this is by a comprehensive all-Ireland Road Safety Strategy." CRIOCH

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