Thursday, 21st September, marked the second “European Day without a Road Death”, a campaign (referred to as Project EDWARD) organised by the European Traffic Police Network, Tispol, with the support of An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority.
This year, 112 people have died so far on Irish roads, and while this figure may be lower than on the same date last year, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) has maintained that this number of road deaths and injuries is still “unacceptably high”.
The IAEM stated: “All of us who work in Ireland’s 29 Emergency Departments (EDs) are only too familiar with the devastation caused by the deaths and injuries sustained on our roads.
“We are particularly keen, therefore, that other families are spared the devastating news of the death of a loved one, even for one day of the year”.
The association has expressed its strong support for any appropriate intervention that will contribute to better road safety and therefore fewer deaths and injuries on our roads.
They have urged members of the public to engages positively with this initiative and to think before they use the roads, to ensure that their behaviour doesn’t endanger the lives of others.
The IAEM concluded: “As is well known, a very high percentage of road deaths and serious injuries are entirely avoidable and therefore all who use the roads have a shared responsibility to assist in making our roads as safe as they can be and, certainly, far safer than they currently are”.