NI 'facing road safety emergency'

Published Saturday, 11 January 2014
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Northern Ireland is facing a road safety emergency after five deaths in the last 10 days, police have said.

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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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17 Comments
john in crumlin wrote (97 days ago):
@Jason in belfast where do you get your statistics they add up to 121%
John Alcorn in Limavady wrote (99 days ago):
What? Just because there are a small spate of accidents (including one involving a stolen car which shouldn't count) the police are going to use this as an excuse to crack down even more on people speeding slightly on motorways and other safe, straightish roads! If people were actually taught to drive properly and were assessed on a regular basis, we would be a lot safer! Not that our roads are remotely dangerous anyway. Try driving in Russia or India.
Paul in N Ireland wrote (99 days ago):
Slow down and respect other road users. 30mph protects pedestrians - your family and friends. Stick to the speed limit and keep your distance. Respect MY journey please.
Paul in belfast wrote (99 days ago):
And yet the Traffic Branch continue to set up speed traps on wide safe roads, doing nothing about the bad driving that occurs below the designated limit or on minor roads.
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (99 days ago):
Five dead is very sad but the police are being less than honest with statistics. In real terms road safety has improved every year for many decades. Each year there is an increase in the number of drivers, the number of vehicles and the number of deaths usually falls or remains the same. This is the police try to distract from the fact that they are failing to tackle crime and failing in almost every aspect of policing except traffic. It would be a great injustice if ordinary motorists once again found themselves terrorised by a police force for no other reason than it does not want to feel the failure it is. I do not hate the police I am just disappointed by them
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