Published Saturday, 11 January 2014
Superintendent David Moore, speaking on Saturday. (© UTV)
On Friday, two people died in road crashes - a 22-year-old man died after the stolen car he was driving collided with a van in Dunmurry, west Belfast.
Later in south Armagh, a 58-year-old man also died after being struck by a car on the Newtown Road between Newtownhamilton and Belleeks.
On the same day, a 70-year-old female pedestrian was taken to hospital in Coleraine after she was hit by a vehicle, but her injuries were not life-threatening.
Earlier in the week, a 62-year-old man died following a crash in Strabane. He was the passenger in a two-vehicle crash on the A5 Melmont Road in which four others were injured.
Last Friday, a 65-year-old man also died in a three-car collision outside Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone and a man in his 50s died in a suspected hit-and-run collision in the Leggs area of Co Fermanagh last weekend.
Commenting on the spate of fatalities, PSNI Superintendent David Moore said: "Northern Ireland is facing a road safety emergency - we've had someone dying on our roads every 48 hours in the early days of 2014.
"Five deaths in the first 10 days of the year. Northern Ireland's road safety New Year resolution is broken already.
"That's a month worth of carnage in little over a week and five families torn apart."
Supt Moore added: "The Police Service of Northern Ireland will double and redouble its focus on road safety but this road safety emergency is a responsibility of everybody who enters a roadway, whether on four wheels or on two wheels or on foot.
"Five deaths already is far too much and we need the collective efforts of everyone in Northern Ireland to bring this to an end now."
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