Leitrim driver urged to to mark European Day Without A Road Death

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

Leitrim driver urged to to mark European Day Without A Road Death

Leitrim drivers are being asked to support European Day Without A Road Death, known as Project EDWARD, which will take place on Wednesday 21 September. The initiative has been organised by TISPOL, the Traffic Police network in Europe, and its aim is that no-one dies on the roads of Europe on Wednesday 21 September.

To support Project EDWARD, road-users are being asked to make an online pledge to be a better, safer driver on www.tispol.org/edward. To date, 96,214 pledges have been made by road-users throughout Europe.

To date this year, 131 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of 18 when compared to the same period last year. 4 people have died on our roads over the last seven days. The RSA and An Garda Síochána have conducted a review of fatalities for the first eight months of the year to highlight areas of concern. The review shows that:

• Up to 31 August 2016, 119 people died in 111 fatal collisions, an increase of 16% on fatalities for the same period in 2015
• Fatalities have increased among drivers (+12), passengers (+7), pedal cyclists (+1) when compared to the same period as 2015
• On average, 15 people are dying on the roads every month
• Non-wearing of seatbelts remains a concern for both drivers and passengers
• If this trend continues, 50 more people could lose their lives by the end of the year