03/01/2002

Number killed on Northern Ireland roads drops in 2001

Figures just released show that 147 people were killed on the roads of Northern Ireland in 2001.

The figures, which show a slight drop on last year, have been welcomed by the Environment Minister Sam Foster. He said: “Last year 147 people were killed on the roads of Northern Ireland. This is a welcome reduction on the 171 killed during 2000 but it is a sad reflection on society that in a small country like Northern Ireland we manage to kill 147 road users in a single year.

“As we enter a New Year, I appeal to all road users - behave safely on the roads, whether as a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian. Safe behaviour will result in a drastic reduction in the number of people killed and injured on our roads. It is your responsibility - 2002 depends on you.”

Superintendent Ian Hamill, Head of Road Policing Development Branch, said responsibility for reducing road deaths was a collective effort: “We all have a responsibility to ensure that vulnerable groups such as the elderly and young children are not exposed to unnecessary risk. Young drivers, in particular, are responsible for many of the casualties on our roads. Every opportunity will be taken to educate these young people on proper behaviour on the roads but also to impress upon them that they are not invincible – they are as vulnerable as any other user of the roads.

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland is determined to help make the roads of Northern Ireland safer for everyone. However, our objective will only be achievable if each of us adopts a responsible attitude by ensuring we reduce speed, wear our seatbelts and do not drink and drive.” (AMcE)

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