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Appeal for road users to take extra care

3 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Road Safety spokesperson Cathal Boylan MLA has appealed to all road users to take extra care, drive sensibly and safely and to give consideration to the current weather conditions. The MLA made his appeal after what he described as the latest dreadful sequence of accidents over the weekend, which have seen multiple deaths on roads throughout the island.

Mr Boylan said:

"Sadly this weekend has witnessed further carnage and death on our roads north and south. Loved ones have been lost and families left trying to cope with the trauma and grief of their loss.

"These latest road accidents have resulted in multiple deaths. Unfortunately, as we know only too well, there is no quick recovery from the trauma and grief felt by those left behind when someone dies or is seriously injured in a road traffic accident. I would appeal to all road users to take extra care on our roads and drive sensibly and safely particularly in these present uncertain and dangerous weather conditions.

"The carnage has to stop. Just last Tuesday I chaired a meeting of the Assembly All Party Road Safety group at Stormont. All of us who are taking part on this working group have given a commitment to work with all departments, bodies and individuals who can help to stop road deaths and serious injuries.

"Among the items for discussion at last weeks meeting were a proposed meeting with the 26 County National Road Safety Authority, and a request from the 'Hidden Victims' group, a support group for relatives bereaved by Road Traffic accidents to address the DoE committee in relation to the current review of the Road Safety strategy."

"This All Party group is working very hard to explore every avenue to improve Road Safety, our plans to link up with individuals and bodies in the 26 Counties is particularly welcome as Sinn Fein has always stated that this issue is an all Island problem, road deaths and the grief caused by road deaths do not recognise the border." ENDS

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