The Road Safety Authority has renewed its New Year road safety appeal, for all road users to take extra care on the roads, following the deaths of four women in a fatal crash on Tuesday evening outside Athy, Co. Kildare.
The RSA recently expressed serious concern following a rise in road deaths in 2014, the second consecutive yearly increase in deaths. It’s been an equally tragic and poor start for road safety in 2015.
Commenting Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said “Already we have lost six lives on the country’s roads in the first seven days of 2015. It’s been an appalling start to the year and mirrors exactly the situation at same time last year. If anything should come from such loss of life, it’s that it may serve as a reminder to us all that using the road is the most dangerous thing we do every day. All it takes is a split second for a situation to turn to tragedy.”
“I would appeal to all road users, as a New Year’s resolution, to please make safer choices when using the road. This means wearing a hi-vis jacket and being seen if you are walking, cycling or riding a motorbike. It means slowing down if you are a driver, especially when sharing the road with vulnerable road users. It means everyone wearing a seat belt, front and rear on every trip and ensuring children are properly restrained too. It means not driving while distracted by a mobile phone and it means not driving while impaired, whether through drink, drugs or driver fatigue.”
“As a community, we simply must stop the carnage we have witnessed on our roads recently. Each one of us has the power to make a difference on the road. We did it before, in 2012 when we saved more lives on the road than ever before. We need to do it again in 2015.”
A copy of the ‘Provisional Review of Fatal Collision Statistics for 2014’ can be downloaded from rsa.ie.