Group to create symbolic graveyard for road death victims

A COMMUNITY group is bidding to highlight the reality of carnage on our roads by building a graveyard for a day on their doorstep.

The make-shift graveyard will be filled with white crosses, one for each of the 230 plus people who have died on Ireland’s roads since the start of the year. The project was the brainchild of the Ballybeg Community Education Project on the edge of Waterford city.

Spokesman Glenn Lynch said the project was spurred by a recent front page of the Irish Examiner which featured the names and photographs of those deceased on Irish roads.

He hopes the initiative will strike a chord with Irish motorists, urging them to slow down and drive safely. “We are doing a road safety and information project this Sunday, the theme of which will be ‘People Not Just Numbers’ ... This project will be very visual and there is an open invitation for all to come out and see this. We have chosen to do this because too many people are dying on our roads.

“After a while we just think about the numbers and not the individual people who have died. When we were talking in our club we were not able to imagine all the lives that have been lost,” he added.

The group feels that the white crosses will help people to see just how many people have died.

“If by doing this project we help to save even one life then we feel it will have been successful,” said Mr Lynch.

The project runs August 20 in Ballybeg from 11am to 4pm and will be situated opposite St Saviours Church in Ballybeg.

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