Num­ber of deaths falls 73 per cent



THERE HAS been a whop­ping 73 per cent re­duc­tion in road deaths in Co. Wicklow in the past five years.

Road fa­tal­ity fig­ures re­leased by the Road Safety Author­ity (RSA) have re­vealed that there was a 73 per cent re­duc­tion in road deaths in Wicklow dur­ing the Government Road Safety Strat­egy 2007 to 2012 when com­pared to the pe­riod of the pre­vi­ous strat­egy which ran from 2004 to 2006.

The na­tional av­er­age re­duc­tion in road deaths was 57 per cent plac­ing Wicklow in the top 10 best per­form­ing coun­ties in terms of the re­duc­tion in road deaths

Th­ese fig­ures were an­nounced as the Road Safety Author­ity pre­pares to fi­nalise the next Road Safety Strat­egy which will span an eight year pe­riod from 2013 to 2020.

The report, ‘ 2007 to 2012 road traf­fic deaths by user type and county’, high­lights the lives saved in Wicklow over the past five years. Since 2007 17 drivers, six pedes­tri­ans and five mo­tor­cy­clists and cy­clists have been killed on roads in the county. Last year three drivers were trag­i­cally killed in Wicklow but no pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists or mo­tor­cy­clists died.

Noel Brett, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Road Safety Author­ity said, ‘ The re­duc­tion in road deaths in Wicklow shows just what can be achieved when com­mu­ni­ties come to­gether and say, enough is enough, we don't want any more peo­ple dy­ing on our roads. All it takes to make a dif­fer­ence is for one per­son to say, I'm go­ing to change my be­hav­iour on the roads so that I can keep my­self and oth­ers safe when we're out on the roads.

‘So on be­half of the RSA I would like to thank each and ev­ery per­son in Wicklow for the con­tri­bu­tion you have made to keep­ing roads in your county safe. It is the ef­forts made by each and ev­ery one of you that has helped make Wicklow one of the top 10 best per­form­ing coun­ties in Ire­land in terms of re­duc­ing roads deaths. I would also like to pay trib­ute to An Garda Síochána, emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel and Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties for their work in re­duc­ing the death toll on our roads. If we all re­dou­ble our ef­forts in 2013, there is no rea­son why we can't make Ire­land's roads the safest in the world.’

Road deaths in Ire­land have fallen ev­ery year since 2006. Ire­land's Third Road Safety Strat­egy 2007 to 2012 aimed to re­duce road deaths to 252 per an­num by the end of 2012 and the tar­get was achieved and sur­passed three years ahead of sched­ule in 2009.

The Third Road Safety Strat­egy will be re­placed in the coming months by a longer term strat­egy, run­ning from 2013 un­til 2020, which will fo­cus, among other things, on re­duc­ing se­ri­ous in­juries on Ir­ish roads.

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