Remembrance day for 38,000 killed on Irish roads takes place this Sunday

Over 38,000 people killed on roads on the island of Ireland will be remembered this Sunday, in a planned World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Remembrance day for 38,000 killed on Irish roads takes place this Sunday

People from both north and south will come together to remember all lives lost on the island’s roads.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said many lives had been saved, and injuries prevented, as a result of the collaborative work by road safety agencies on both sides of the border in recent years.

Mr Donohoe also acknowledged the great work done by those in the emergency services and medical professionals, on both sides of the border, who had to deal with the aftermath and consequences of collisions.

“We will be thinking of them too on Sunday and the life-saving work that they do,” he said.

A total of 23,752 people have died on roads in the Republic of Ireland since records first began in 1959.

There have been 14,767 people killed on roads in the North since such deaths were first recorded in 1931.

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark Durkan said many generations and thousands of families in the North, including his own, had been devastated by a road tragedy.

“We must do everything possible to prevent this loss and suffering touching any more lives,” he said.

Mr Durkan said road safety was a continuing challenge and road deaths did not discriminate.

Every road user was vulnerable on every journey, on every road and on every day.

“The certainty of the unexpected means that it is crucial to reduce speed, wear seat-belts and eliminate high risk behaviours,” he said.

Road Safety Authority chairman Liz O’Donnell said the authority was delighted to team up with colleagues in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of a very important day.

“World Day of Remembrance reminds us how easily tragedy can happen but, by making small changes to our behaviour on the roads, we can all help to prevent future tragedy,” said Ms O’Donnell.

Chief Supt Mark Curran from the Garda National Traffic Bureau said it was so important not to become complacent over road safety.

“What someone might perceive as a small risk could have catastrophic consequences for someone else, so we would urge everyone to look at their actions on the roads and make every effort to be a better, safer driver.” Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Alan Todd said so far this year 61 people have been killed on roads across Northern Ireland.

“Behind each of these statistics are family and friends who have been affected and we must remember them,” he said.

The RSA is also asking people to change their social media profile to add the World Day of Remembrance candle or to write the name of a loved one on the RSA’s Wall of Remembrance on its Facebook page.

The Wall of Remembrance, the RSA said, is a place for people to share their memories, to light a candle and leave a message for a loved one killed or seriously injured on the road.

  • A full list of events is available at www.rsa.ie

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