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Noel Dempsey must get all the credit. After all he got the blame for snow covered roads and runways.Seat belts, air bags, stronger cars, drink driving legislation, better post accident medical aid.
This and other reasons would explain the decrease from 50 years ago.
Can you explain how "investment in infrastructure" was responsible?
There are probably MORE road accidents than 50 years ago. Whats happening is there are less deaths. For the reasons I posted above.Ah well the big freeze just put the roads back a few years. I wouldn't fancy being a motorbike rider around connacht at any rate at the mo. of course the gov will just put it down to driver behaviour if the figures are worse next year.
I would agree with you re the causes of accidents and improvements in safety by the way. I was merely pointing out that the so called infrastructure improvements were reversed on many secondary and minor roads as a result of the freeze-combined with shoddy work and patch jobs.There are probably MORE road accidents than 50 years ago. Whats happening is there are less deaths. For the reasons I posted above.
Lots of boy racers losing their jobs and not being able to hang on to their souped-up cars might be a factor as well.
there will never be a year of zero deaths on the road, so I won't be hanging my head in shame - what a stupid thing to say.240 people still died ,thats too many ,anyone patting themselves on the back for this should be ashamed, having lost someone in a traffic accident to see statistics being thrown about looking for praise when none is due. until the figure is zero and the laws are implemented properly we should hang or heads in shame.
stop being such a muppet.you consider the deaths of 240 people to be good news and you call me stupid.
do you think the families of those 240 people think its good news,
how many of those deaths could have been prevented if our laws on drink driving,speeding,driving unsafe vehicles and drug driving were implemented properly.
zero may be a notional figure but at least its an aspiration. unlike someone who thinks people dying is good news,
It is reasonable to assume these figures have dropped by the same percentage, why would just one set have dropped?Official figures may show that the rate of fatalities may be down but does that mean the rate of RTA's and injuries from RTA's is also down.... I dont think so. Not all RTA's are reported to An Garda Siochana or to insurance companies. And not all RTA's result in personal injury claims.
I have the pleasure of being let loose on Irish road system and everyday I have see evidence of bad driving from speeding, persons driving using mobile phones, dangerous and illegal overtaking, pulling out from minor roads to major roads without giving way and most often is the failure to stop at a red light.
stop being daft.i am not being a muppet, the number of road deaths may have fallen but this an improvment on the year before in no way can you describe it as good news. have you any idea how it sounds to someone who has had to go through the aftermath of a road death to hear someone like you dismiss their loss as a statistic.