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Sinn Féin welcome intervention of Presbyterian Church moderator in Road death debate

9 October, 2006

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson's Raymond McCartney MLA has welcomed the intervention of Presbyterian Church moderator Dr David Clarke in the debate about deaths on our roads.

Mr McCartney said:

"Last year 536 people died on Irish roads and so far this year nearly 400 people across Ireland have been killed on our roads. On an almost daily basis someone is injured or killed on our roads. It is a crisis that demands a national response.

"Sinn Féin are urging all government agencies to adopt a collective and cohesive policy. Later this week we will be meeting with the Road Safety Authority in Dublin to discus the need for an all-Ireland response to the crisis 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.

"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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