10 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Motorists in Co Monaghan have been urged to adopt safer driving practices after end-of-year statistics showed a second consecutive rise in the number of deaths on Irish roads.

The “Provisional Review of Road Crashes for 2014”, published by the Road Safety Authority, indicated that, for the second consecutive year, deaths resulting from road traffic collisions increased. A total of 196 people lost their lives in the year past, a 3% rise on the 2013 figure of 190.

The RSA pointed out that the 2014 statistic represented a 21% increase when compared to the 162 road deaths that occurred in 2012, the safest year on Irish roads.

Authority Chairperson Liz O’Donnell said: “196 precious lives ended on our roads in 2014 – that’s six more than last year. These people are gone forever. But, for their loved ones, they are not consigned to year-end statistics.”

Making an appeal to roadusers in Co Monaghan and throughout the country, Ms O’Donnell added: “There are small changes we can make which are guaranteed to prevent collisions, guaranteed to reduce consequences and to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads – from the very moment we begin to make those changes.

“So I appeal to all roadusers in 2015. Even if you change one aspect of your behaviour, be it reducing speed, not using a mobile phone, always wearing a seat belt, or just being more careful and courteous to others, you can help make the roads safer for all of us. Small things can make a huge difference.”

The RSA report shows that there has been a worrying 24% increase in the number of vulnerable road …

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