Irish Road Safety Week 2012

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging people nationwide to continue their life-saving behaviour and get involved in the national and local efforts to reduce road deaths. This plea comes as the RSA announced details of their annual ‘drive to save lives’ during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which takes place nationwide from Monday 8th October to Sunday 14th October.

To date this year (10th September 2012), 122 people have lost their lives on Irish roads. Of these, half (50%) were drivers and 17 were pedestrians. Even more worryingly, almost one third of road-users killed (32%) were aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority said: “Over the past five years, road-users in Ireland have proven just what can be achieved when we all take responsibility for the way we use the roads. And for that, I thank you. Although we have seen further reductions in road deaths this year, we have still lost 122 people in what are preventable tragedies. ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ is a time to reflect on your own behaviour on the roads, think about the improvements you can make to be a better, safer driver and how you can help to save even more lives on our roads.”

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