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Sinn Féin to meet Road Safety Authority

23 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson's Raymond McCartney MLA and Sean Crowe TD are to meet with Gay Byrne's Road Safety Authority (Údarás Um Shábháilteacht Ar Bhóithre) in the coming weeks to discus the need for an all-Ireland response to the crisis on our roads.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Mr McCartney said:

"On an almost daily basis someone is injured or killed on our roads. It is a crisis that demands a national response. This will be an opportunity to discuss the all-Ireland analysis, which we believe needs to be applied to this problem, with the major road safety body in the 26 Counties.

"Sinn Féin has publicly demanded a summit between Irish government ministers and British direct rule ministers to address the situation and the establishment of an all-Ireland response to tackle the unacceptable level of deaths on our roads.

"Whilst many of the North's departments are apportioned sections of responsibility for addressing road safety, the only viable option is for an immediate summit involving all the major stakeholders North and South, with a view to the establishment of a single island wide organisation, fully resourced and financed.

"In 2004 / 05 a staggering 536 people died on Irish roads, so far this year 386 people across Ireland have been killed on our roads. Sinn Féin are urging all government agencies to adopt a collective and cohesive policy.

"The issue of roads safety has been with us for many many years. While car technology is making advances in manufacturing safety, road user behaviour has sadly not made the same advances. It is also important that we look at road design and maintenance and identify accident black spots and develop targeted and tailored solutions." ENDS

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