THE latest Road Safety Authority statistics have shown that that road fatalities in Laois and Offaly have reduced from 13 people in 2010 to five people in 2011. These statistics are above the national average, in a year which saw 186 people lose their lives, 26 people less than in 2010.
Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan has cautiously welcomed the latest Road Safety Authority statistics stating that “the road safety measures introduced by this Government are working as witnessed by the reduction in road deaths in Laois and Offaly. Driver behaviour on our roads has improved but this trend must continue. One life lost on our roads is one too many,” he noted
He added to this, saying that “34% of road deaths occurred to people under the age of 25 whilst 49% of road deaths occurred at the weekend in 2011 nationally. “We must continue to enforce the measures that ensure that safety of driver, cyclists and the pedestrians on our roads. The introduction of the Go Safe vans has no doubt played a significant factor in people slowing down in accident black spot areas. The Government will also press ahead with publishing legislation to provide for preliminary impairment testing of drug drivers at the roadside this year.”