Still Counting…

The total number of road deaths for 2008 has now reached 276.  That’s one more since yesterday.

A man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Co. Louth yesterday evening.  He was the driver of a car that went off the road at about 6.10pm.  Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

The circumstances of this man’s death are not yet known but my heart goes out to his family and friends. And sadly, this latest death on the roads is unlikely to be the last before the year is out.

end-of-the-line

Don’t invite a tragedy of this nature onto your doorstep. If you plan on drinking tonight, please leave the car behind.

Safe driving and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NEW YEAR’S DAY UPDATE:  Still counting… 😦

Three teenage boys aged 14, 16, and 17 have been killed in a car crash near Nenagh in Co Tipperary. Two other teenagers, a young man and woman, were seriously injured. The five teenagers were travelling in a car at around 7.30pm last night at Kilboy near Nenagh. Gardaí say the crash happened when the car left the road, mounted a ditch and hit a tree.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey described the deaths as a terrible tragedy. Mr Dempsey appealed for all road users to continue the effort to reduce road deaths.

7 Responses to Still Counting…

  1. Barbara says:

    Happy New Year to you. May you and those you love know great blessings in the year ahead. God bless all you are doing through this blog spot and thank you for all you have done this past year.

  2. Steph says:

    Barbara – You are very kind 🙂

    Thank you for taking the time to leave comments. It’s hugely rewarding to receive feedback and makes writing this blog all the more worthwhile.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!

  3. Baino says:

    Dear God I can’t believe it’s so high when your population is the same as ours and yet you travel shorter distances. It’s tragic, just tragic and so easily avoided.

    Thank goodness that you and yours are safe. Happy New Year Steph and well done on such a thoughtful blog. You’re an inspiration, truly.

  4. Steph says:

    Cheers! Baino and Happy New Year!

    I’m just about to update this post with the sad news of three more deaths on our roads yesterday evening. It’s such a waste of life.

  5. […] the past few days Steph wrote about the perils of drinking and driving. Alas the total number of road deaths in the south […]

  6. Grannymar says:

    The number of road deaths in Northern Ireland in 2008 was the lowest since records began almost 80 years ago. A total of 106 people were killed on NI roads last year, according to provisional figures released by the Department of the Environment.
    Source: BBC NI

  7. Steph says:

    Thanks! Grannymar

    I was interested to hear that too. Numbers in the South are also down (by almost one fifth on 2007) but I think that every death should be considered, one too many!

    I hope you’ll be pleased to hear that the Road Safety Authority is “currently targeting children from the age of five to transition year students, in trial schools, with a new road safety module, which it is eventually hoped will become part of the school curriculum” (Sunday Indo).

    Gaybo (chairman of RSA) believes that the road safety ads are lost on the boy racers.

    As regards the crash that claimed the life of a young male driver (see above) on Dec 30th, Gardaí are investigating reports that loose horses were on the road around the time of the crash. The accident happened at 6.10pm in Co. Louth.

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