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Cross Border Road traffic collision study outlines key issues

20 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that the cross border
road traffic collision study released today, produced under the auspices of
Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) highlighted the obvious need for
cooperation and the planning of prevention and intervention strategies in
regards to reducing road traffic collisions and injuries.

Mr Murphy said:

"The extensive research into issues such as 'Collision Trends', 'Attitudes
to Road Safety', 'Road Safety Behaviour', 'Cross Border Traffic', and 'Fatal
Collision' clearly showed that the number of fatal and serious collisions in
border counties were much higher than the average non border counties.

"Louth has recorded that 27.9% of drivers from the north were involved in as
many of all fatal collisions in that County and it is significant that the
early hours 2am to 4am in particular highlight the difference in fatal
collisions between the border and non border counties."

Mr Murphy said that he hoped and expected that the Study would create a
discussion throughout all communities and within all agencies. Her added:

"Detection and legislation has a key part to play, but there is a need for
more focused, informative and practical campaigns which will target all ages
particularly the key group of young males."

He concluded by stating that casual attitudes to Drink Driving, Car
"tricks", Speeding, Road Rage and Detection as highlighted in the report,
needed to be challenged. "Many deaths on our Roads are premature and
preventable. That is the sad truth," said the MP.

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