Decrease in Road Deaths in Northern Ireland 2015
Statistics released by the PSNI show that seventy-four people were killed on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2015. The 2015 figures show a slight decrease on the seventy-nine people killed on our roads in 2014. Of the seventy-four people killed, nineteen were pedestrians and five were children.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said that road users must take personal responsibility for their actions. ACC Todd stated “the reality is that many collisions can be avoided” and urged all drivers to “slow down, pay greater attention to your surroundings, always wear a seatbelt and never ever drive after drinking or taking drugs.”
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan stated he is committed to improving road safety. Mr Durkan remarked “we will continue to focus on problem areas, such as drink-driving, speeding, carelessness and inattention”.
The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill is currently being reviewed by the Northern Ireland Assembly. If passed, this Bill will lower the drink-drive limit and reform the current learner and restricted driver schemes. Social media campaigns relating to mobile phone use while driving and young driver distraction will also be launched in the coming months.
The Environment Minister stated “any death is one too many, let’s make 2016 a better year on our roads”