Published Tuesday, 29 October 2013
There are fears the level of road deaths is rising to 2011 levels. (© Pacemaker)
So far this year 45 people have lost their lives on Northern Ireland's roads - last October the figure stood at 34.
Mr Durkan said it looks like the total for the end of the year will be similar to 2011, when there were 59 road traffic fatalities.
"I do not accept that any road death is inevitable or acceptable," the SDLP minister said.
"I urge all road users to keep themselves safe, particularly now as the clocks have gone back and the weather will get worse.
"Almost all collisions are the result of human error, so we all need to ensure that our attitudes and our behaviours contribute to road safety in Northern Ireland."
According to police, speeding was the main cause of death on the roads in 2012 - followed by inattention and use of drugs or alcohol.
It was revealed on Monday that one speed camera on the Saintfield Road in south Belfast caught 4,247 drivers over the limit last year, collecting £250,000 in fines. In total across NI, 48,423 drivers were fined for speeding offences last year, which is a 47% rise on 2010.
PSNI Superintendent David Moore said: "The bottom line is if people slowed down and drove at a proper speed for the conditions, if people didn't drink and or take drugs when they're driving, if people wore their seatbelts, if people stayed off their phones and if people paid more attention to the act of driving, there would be far fewer people killed on the roads."
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