Shocking road safety statistics
Sinn Féin road safety spokesperson Cathal Boylan MLA has said that current road death figures make shocking reading.
Mr Boylan said,
“The current figure of 71 deaths on our roads this year is nearly a 100% increase on the number for the same period in 2012 and over a third higher than for the same period last year.
“Everyone of these deaths is a tragedy especially for the families concerned and we must all take responsibility for lowering these figures.
“We must as policy makers and legislators look closely at these trends and try to get a full understanding of why this has occurred and more importantly what we can do to try and improve the safety of our road network”
“Education on road safety must continue to be a priority not only for motorists but for pedestrians as well
“Simple acts like wearing a seatbelt, reducing speed and avoiding distractions such as mobile phones and radio tuning can contribute significantly to safer roads.
“In the run up to the holiday season I would call for increased care as the dark evenings and bad weather makes for even more difficult conditions.
“I would also call on people not to indulge in drink driving as we have already witnessed far too much tragedy.
“We need to get back to the trend of lowering the number of deaths on our roads, which until 2012 was on the decline and the only way we will accomplish that is through everyone taking responsibility and adhering to the advice of the statutory agencies.”