Brave mum, Christina Donnelly, founder of Brendan's Law, reveals the massive and ongoing pain associated with the loss of her 24-year-old son Brendan who was killed by a drunk driver near Castlemartyr in 2009.
Christina was speaking at the launch of the Cork Road Safety Strategy in Cork today.
"You never get over it, you never get over the pain, you have to learn to live with that loss. There's always an empty chair at the table and I still wait for Brendan to come to the door," said Christina.
"When someone is taken from you, particularly when drugs or alcohol are a contributing factor, in a preventable road crash it's very hard to deal with that because as soon as you get some strength back, you know it's something that should never have happened."
Christina lauded the support of other families who have lost relatives to road crashes and praised the Gardaí and RSA for their work on road safety.
"It's very sad to realise that this year the fatalities on our roads have risen...what in the name of God can we do to get back to basics and make drivers be accountable for their actions?"
She added that keeping the focus of distracted driving and driving under the influence in the public eye is the best way to reduce road fatalities.
Inspector Finbar O'Sullivan, Cork City Traffic Corp, also spoke at the launch and warned of the huge dangers associated with distracted driving.
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