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Sinn Féin urge politicians to play part in debate on Road Safety

3 January, 2007


Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson, Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said that all local politicians have a role to play in the debate about how we tackle the tragedy of deaths on our roads after the latest figures revealed that 125 people died on roads in the North last year.

Mr McCartney said:

"The slight decrease in the number of people killed on our roads does not disguise the fact that we need to much more, particularly in tackling the driving behaviour of those most likely to be involved in road traffic accidents. The fact is that more than one in four road traffic deaths involved someone under 21.

"All local politicians must play a full role debating how we tackle this tragedy that affects hundreds of families across this island every year. We need to look at how we change driver behaviour through education and driver testing, we need to look at how we effectively enforce road safety and we need to look at how we can make our roads safer." ENDS

Note to Editors

Sinn Féin has tabled a motion for debate in the transitional Assembly in the name of Michelle Gildernew MP MLA and Raymond McCartney MLA.

Road Safety

That this Assembly notes the ongoing tragedy of deaths and serious accidents on our roads and calls on an incoming Executive to introduce a new rigorous Driver Testing framework.

This Assembly calls on an incoming Executive to ensure the introduction of a
Road Safety and Education programme with the emphasis on groups most likely
to be involved in road traffic accidents; the programme should include
international best practice and co-operation between all Road Safety
agencies, North and South, in carrying out a safety audit of the road
network and the development of a National Road Safety Campaign.

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