Don’t be an accident waiting to happen…
There were some 6389 injuries on Irish roads in 2012, including 162 deaths.
Of these deeply regrettable figures, the fatal accidents included 29 pedestrians, 8 cyclists, 95 car occupants, 19 bikers and 11 others.
Sadly, there have already been many road deaths and injuries in 2013 including a tragic accident involving a young person near Stillorgan over the past weekend.
Imagine the agonising moments following a collision – the victims; the witnesses seeking to help; the rush of emergency vehicles to the scene; the phone calls to loved ones, or in the worst of cases – a visit by Gardai to impart the most dreadful of news directly to your home.
Essentially, road carelessness costs lives and it creates impacts that are ‘forever’.
There are a lot of statistics around road accidents but we can’t go around thinking about them all the time or we’d live in fear of ever taking to the roads. But the simple fact is that proper care, courtesy and caution by all road users can save lives… i.e., the lives of people, family, friends.
Enforcement also helps and one of the key messages to drivers from the Garda Winter Casualty Reduction Programme is that, should you have an accident, you will be breathalysed.
This and other key safety messages will be the focus of a simulated Road Traffic Accident being organised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council at UCD Belfield this Friday (04 October) at 11 am.
You can get twitter updates and see pictures as this accident scene unfolds by following @StopRTAs
It’s a clever communications initiative aimed at a targeted community. Where road accidents occur, it’s the 18 – 24 age groups where, unfortunately, statistics show the highest fatality rates.
So, if by chance you see emergency services rushing to UCD (the site of the simulated accident) at 11 am on 4th October, make way as normal. While this occasion is an exercise designed to raise awareness, a real road accident is unfortunately never far away.
*Figures from Road Safety Authority, Road Collision Statistics.