Road traffic accidents - No room for complacency

On a weekend when the victims of road traffic accidents were recalled at World Day of Remembrance events across the country, there could be no more poignant witness than the death of a 65-year-old man following a suspected hit-and-run in Co Galway.

Sadly, he was the 151st person to have died so far this year in collisions on the roads which have claimed more than 23,000 lives since records began in 1959.

Thankfully, the overall picture is steadily improving and road fatalities have dropped by 50% since the Road Safety Strategy was introduced in 2007.

But as the latest road death shows, there is no room for complacency.

Behind each cold statistic there is a personal and family catastrophe.

Every driver should reflect on their own behaviour on the roads.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Decisive weekend for France and for Europe

Pension proposals are very welcome

Old and new Ireland

Exploiting our marine resources: Bantry Bay kelp project questions unanswered


Breaking Stories

Latest: Citizens Assembly makes historic call to legisltate for abortion 'without restriction as to reasons'

Illegal fires across north Kerry and west Cork destroy forestry and nesting areas

Man airlifted to hospital after three injured in Clare crash

Latest: Bomb left at school gates was 'attempt to murder police'

Lifestyle

What to watch this week

Valberg is a hidden gem with skiing for all the family

Restaurant review: Cirillo’s, 140 Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Take a stroll through Ireland's heritage gardens

More From The Irish Examiner