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Dwyer calls for all Ireland initiative to tackle deaths on our roads

6 April, 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the East Constituency Councillor John Dwyer called for the standardising of road safety measures and road signs across Ireland as part of a series of initiatives to reduce the number of people killed on our roads each year. He was speaking as Transport Ministers from the 15 EU members states and 10 accessions states are due to officially sign the European Road Safety Charter.

Councillor Dwyer said:

"In the first three months of the year, 135 people have been killed on roads throughout Ireland. Across the EU each year thousands of people are killed on our roads. I want to welcome today's initiative from Transport Ministers, which is aimed at halving the number of road deaths.

"I believe that a number of initiatives need to be taken within Ireland to improve road safety including the standardising across the island of road safety measures, road signs, speed limits and one points system to cover the whole island.

"We also need to look at proper training for drivers and the establishment of a visible and dedicated traffic corps to assist in reducing the carnage we witness on our roads every day.

"An initiative throughout the island is required if we are to reduce deaths on our roads." ENDS

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