Deaths are a reminder that the roads can be lethal

The deaths of three women in their 70s in a car collision in Co. Limerick on Thursday is a tragic reminder that it is not only young people who are vulnerable on the road.

The tragedy was made all the more poignant by the fact that one of the victims of the crash was the sister of former minister for finance Michael Noonan, who was travelling with two friends to Listowel Writers’ Week. Less than 24 hours later, a young, male pedestrian was killed in a suspected hit-and-run incident at Whitehall in north Dublin.

That amounts to four deaths in less than a day, bringing to 67 the number of people killed on our roads so far this year. As we prepare to enjoy the bank holiday weekend, those deaths are a grim reminder that the roads can be lethal.

Responding to the latest tragedies, Junior Transport Minister Brendan Griffin put it succinctly when he urged all road users to exercise extreme caution. “We can have loads of legislation, we can have all the safety measures that we can imagine but ultimately everybody has to be part of a collective effort.” In other words, don’t become another statistic.

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