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Government must not allow good work on road safety to be undone by cuts – Reilly

27 September, 2011


Speaking during a Seanad debate on the Road Traffic Bill, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly welcomed the legislation but said that the good work to date with regards to road safety must not be undone by government cuts.

Senator Reilly said:

“I welcome this legislation as it will promote road safety however, I am concerned that there is a possible disjoint between this legislation to enhance road safety and government policies and actions due to budget cuts.

“We in Sinn Féin are concerned that the recent and planned cuts in public services will impact directly on front line services. In particular the proposed cuts to the Gardaí are of some concern as regards road safety.

“It would be wrong for budget cuts to impact on the ability of the Gardaí to enforce the very legislation we are debating.

“It would be wrong for budget cuts to impact on the ability of the Gardaí to reduce the number of intoxicated and dangerous drivers on our roads or to remove unsafe vehicles.

“It would be wrong for budget cuts to impact on the ability of the emergency services to respond to accidents.

“It would be wrong for the proposed budget cuts to impact on the ability of casualty units to deal with major road traffic trauma.

“The government must not allow the good work of this bill to be undone by implanting further draconian spending cuts.”

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