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Road Deaths total regrettable - Boylan

23 November, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin Road Safety spokesperson, Cathal Boylan, has expressed his regret that this years total so far for deaths on the North’s roads has passed the 100 mark.

‘Deaths over the last few days have seen the number of adults killed reach 100, while there have been 4 deaths of victims under the age of 16, a sad total of 104, and we have not reached the end of November yet.’

‘This is an increase of 10 from the same period last year, and 12 the year before. It has been highlighted in the past, the ripple effect a tragic death on our roads has. If 20 people, family and close friends alone - and that is a conservative figure - are touched by the consequences of some one dying through a road traffic accident, then over 2000 people have been affected so far this year with grief and trauma.’

The Newry and Armagh MLA concluded;

‘I can only stress once again to all those who are going to be in control of a vehicle, never drive while under the influence of drink or drugs, reduce your speed and always be aware of the weather, road, pedestrian and traffic conditions around you. A death through a road traffic accident is always a tragic, sad occasion, it is especially more acutely felt at this time of year in the weeks before Christmas when families miss their loved ones even more.’

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