16 Mar 2012

Alcohol-Related Collisions on the decline on St Patricks’s Day

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According to research conducted by the (RSA),it has been revealed over 10 percent reduction in the number of reported collisions where alcohol was involved. The research, has revealed that alcohol-related fatal collisions decreased from 28.33% in 2005 to 15.53% in 2007.

This is majorly being attributed to the advertising, tough sentences and alcohol testing for drivers that was introduced in 2006.

The Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána are continuing to appeal to road-users to never ever drink and drive. The appeal comes as a timely reminder since fatality figures reveal that 26 people have died on Irish roads over the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday period over the past five years.

Mr Leo Varadkar TD (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport) said that: “Last year saw the lowest number of road deaths ever recorded, for the third year in a row. There has also been a significant reduction in road deaths so far this year. Motorists can be proud of this fantastic achievement, as it is primarily down to changed behaviour. However, despite a reduction in the number of alcohol-related fatal collisions, drinking and driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads. If you’re planning a night out over the bank holiday weekend, please make alternative arrangements to get home.”

The CEO of the RSA (Mr. Noel Brett) said: “Although we have already seen reductions in road deaths this year, there are still 32 families who have lost a loved one in what are preventable tragedies. While the change in the behaviour of the road-using public must be commended, we cannot become complacent about road safety and expect that someone else will take responsibility for our own safety on the roads. If you’re heading out this weekend for a couple of drinks, leave the car at home and travel with a designated driver or use public transport. Never take a lift from a driver whom you know has been drinking or taken drugs. Make responsible choices about how you use the roads and never ever drink and drive.”

“I make a passionate plea to pedestrians to take personal responsibility for how they use the road and to plan in advance to ensure they get home safely after a night out” added Mr. Brett.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony, of the Garda Síochána said: “Over recent years, we have seen a marked change in the behaviour of the majority of road-users and this has had a positive impact on the number of road collisions. But there are still some road-users who continue to take risks and behave dangerously on the roads.”

“Over the St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday period, we will be active throughout the country to monitor dangerous driving, with a particular focus on drink driving. Since October 2011, new reduced drink drive limits have been in force, with a limit of 50mg/100ml for drivers and 20mg/100ml for novice and professional drivers. If you are caught over the limit, you will be prosecuted, so act responsibly this weekend and never ever drink and drive.”

32 people have died on Irish roads to date this year, a reduction of 15 on the same period last year when 47 people were killed. Of the fatalities to date this year, 1 in 5 were pedestrians. 3 out of 5 fatalities were drivers of which just under one half were aged between 21 and 25 (42%).

For further information on road safety, please visit www.rsa.ie and www.garda.ie

Follow table shows road death on St Patrick’s day for the last 5 years.

St Patrick’s Day Stats (16th to the 18th March inclusive), past 5 years (2007-2011)
Year Killed
2007 9
2008 2
2009 5
2010 4
2011 6
Total 26

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