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Road safety must be paramount for all drivers

27 December, 2008 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Following the tragic road death of a woman who died after a collision on the N3 between Virginia and Cavan town Sinn Féin Cavan Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has urged road users to reduce their speed and to drive safely during the holiday period.


Deputy Ó Caoláin added:           


“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the woman’s family who have lost a loved one tragically and without reason. In order to reduce road deaths drivers need to ensure that road safety is paramount in their minds whilst on the roads.


“Drivers need to keep their speed down and ensure all passengers are wearing a seatbelt. And they must never get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


"Sinn Féin supports a zero alcohol limit for drivers in order to reduce the risk of deaths or accidents on our roads. A zero limit policy would eliminate the current confusion around how much one can drink before being over the limit.


"Speed is another major factor of road deaths. Currently Garda speed cameras are heavily concentrated on motorways. In Sinn Féin's annual submission to the Garda Policing Plan we advised that speed cameras should be deployed strategically at identified places of highest risk and that local communities should have an input into this process.


"Sinn Féin also advised that training for Gardaí in detecting and proving drug impaired driving should also be rolled out." ENDS

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