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

Our two-tier health system means money equals health

Israel Conference veto in UCC is the wrong decision

Martin McGuinness showed the power of change

Clarification on ‘Grace’ reports: No reason to conceal reports


Breaking Stories

Gerry Adams: Brexit will 'destroy' Good Friday Agreement

Former DUP Health Minister reveals four family members run boilers under RHI scheme

Gardaí: €37.5m cannabis seizure 'a great result'

Man arrested in connection with Irene White murder charged

Lifestyle

Greece's Corfu island is postcard perfect

The no make-up trend is beginning to catch on

Louise O'Neill: It is impossible for women to be sexist towards men

The Irish designers bringing couture back to Ireland

More From The Irish Examiner