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Points System move underlines need for further progress on cross border road safety cooperation

24 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has said that there is an obvious need for one integrated body to examine and deal with Road Safety across the island.

Welcoming progress in integrating the penalty points system across Ireland Mt Drady said:

"Sinn Féin have publicly called 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 to solve ever increasing toll of death and accidents on our roads.

"Sinn Féin's All Ireland analysis holds a logic and dynamic which cannot be ignored. Within the North responsibility for addressing road safety is apportioned across many departments and agencies. We believe this weakens a unified coordinated and comprehensive response.

"A recent cross border road traffic collision study, 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. 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.

"The Report showed 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.

"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. Casual attitudes to Drink Driving, 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." ENDS

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