Irish road deaths at lowest ever level

08.33 | 2 October 2009 |

13 people lost their lives on Irish roads last month, the lowest number since records began in 1969 (Irish Times).

Previously, the lowest number of roads deaths in one month occurred in February 2009 when 15 people died.

According to provisional figures from the Road Safety Authority, 176 people have died as a result of traffic incidents so far this year – 42 less than in the same period a year earlier.

Noel Dempsey, minister for transport, welcomed the figures, saying that the introduction of tougher penalties has contributed to Ireland becoming the sixth safest country in Europe.

He said: "The introduction of the penalty points system, mandatory alcohol testing, the Garda Traffic Corps and the reform of the driver licensing system are just some critical elements of the government’s road safety strategy that have had a dramatic and positive effect on road safety.”

"With continued commitment and leadership there is absolutely no reason why Ireland cannot be the very best in Europe. It can be done," he added.

Click here to read the full Irish Times news report.


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