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Lives can be saved with all-Ireland Road Safety approach - Crowe

3 October, 2006


Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD welcomed the continued co-operation between authorities in the twenty-six and six counties in the area of road safety but pointed to a slow process which needs to be speeded up.

As a joint campaign relating to child safety and seat belt wearing is today launched in Belfast Deputy Crowe called for "further co-operation to culminate in an all-Ireland Road Safety strategy which will benefit everyone on the island of Ireland."

Deputy Crowe was speaking after Minister Cullen indicated through Dáil question replies to the Sinn Féin TD that he supported an all-Ireland approach to road safety. "While I welcome the fact that Minister for Transport Martin Cullen has been receptive in co-operating with his northern counterparts around the issue of road safety, progress seems painstakingly slow. While the Minister claims we 'have to thread at a certain pace' on this issue, lives are being lost on our roads.

"The presence of two different systems on this island is beneficial to no-one. We have different driver education, speed limits, signs, testing and licensing practices. The current scenario actually hampers the improvement of road safety, especially in areas divided by the artificial border which have suffered disproportionately in terms of road accidents. We need harmonisation of speed limits, road signs and all other road safety measures. Lives can be saved with the implementation of an all-Ireland Road Safety Strategy and the onus is on all authorities in the relevant jurisdictions to facilitate the necessary co-operation to bring this about." Críoch

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