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Concrete initiatives must be forthcoming if we are to address the crisis on our roads

10 January, 2005


Speaking in Meath today Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly said, "Concrete initiatives must be forthcoming if we are to address the crisis on our roads." Councillor Reilly was reacting to news today that the number of people killed on the roads, during the five weeks of the annual Christmas and New Year anti-drink driving campaign, has risen to 37, an increase of 13 compared to the similar period last year.

Speaking today he said:

"The carnage on our roads shows no sign of easing in fact it seems to be gathering pace. While the annual anti-drink driving campaign has shown an increase in the number of arrests for drink driving, it has not had the desired effect in bringing down the number of deaths on our roads.

"The emphasis on putting speed cameras on motorways and dual carriageways while the majority of accidents happen on national and secondary roads is an example of another misguided initiative. We cannot continue to waste vital resources like this. Concrete initiatives must be forthcoming if we are to address the crisis on our roads.

"The history of road accidents tells us where and when the resources are most needed. The fact that many accidents happen on weekend nights tells us that we need more Gardaí on the roads at this time and the fact that many accidents happen on national and secondary roads tells us that this is where the speed cameras and road signs are most needed.

"Another factor that needs to be addressed is the fact that so many young people are involved in road accidents. This indicates that the problem also needs to be addressed from an educational point of view. All students should be fully schooled in the rules of the road and tested on it as part of state exams throughout the thirty two counties.

In conclusion Councillor Reilly said, "I would like to reiterate Sinn Féin's call for the implementation of initiatives throughout Ireland to improve road safety, including the standardising across the island of road safety measures, road signs, speed limits and a one points system to cover the whole island." ENDS

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