Lowest road deaths figure for 80 years welcome but the number of deaths is still too high.
Sinn Féin MLA and the party's spokesperson on Road Safety, Cathal Boylan, has welcomed the reduced figure of road deaths for 2008, with the lowest figure in 80 years, but has said it is still too high and more can still be done to increase road safety.
Speaking today Mr Boylan said:
"This most recent figure showing that 106 people died on our roads last year is welcome in so far as this is a reduction however it is still to high. Certainly our thoughts are with all the families who have lost loved ones as a result of road accidents.
"Speed and drink driving are two of the biggest threats to lives on the road and I welcome the fact that there has been several high media based campaigns to highlight this fact. As we enter into the new year I would urge people to consider measures to increase road safety.
"Apart from reducing speed and never drinking and driving there are other measures such as not driving while tired, maintaining your car to reduce the likelihood and risk of having an accident, and ensuring that children and other passengers are properly secured while travelling.
"As the vast majority of us are road users we are share the responsibility to deliver safer roads so I would appeal to everyone to contribute by exercising care and courtesy on the roads." CRIOCH