Vulnerable road users to be 2020 priority; 16 die on Cork roads last year 

Vulnerable road users to be 2020 priority; 16 die on Cork roads last year 

Nationally, there were 148 killed on Irish roads, up six on the previous year.

SIXTEEN people lost their lives on Cork's roads last year – the same number as the previous year.

Nationally, there were 148 killed on Irish roads, up six on the previous year.

Gardai and the Road Safety Authority released the figures but said the numbers were provisional.

Chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, Moyagh Murdock, said there was an increase nationally in the number of deaths of drivers in the past year.

She said: “For 2020 we will ensure that our education and awareness plans target the main killer behaviours and that this is integrated into the Garda roads policing plans. In particular we will prioritise the non- wearing of seatbelts and intoxicated driving through alcohol or drugs. We will also focus on promoting the safety of vulnerable road users. Specifically by raising awareness of the new safe overtaking of cyclists law, focusing on motorcycle safety and commissioning a new pedestrian safety campaign.” 

She added that the area of learner drivers is another priority this year, revealing that more than 2,500 vehicles were seized by gardaí last year because they were being driven by unaccompanied learner drivers.

In December 2018, the Clancy Amendment was introduced, enabling the prosecution of vehicle owners who allow their vehicles to be driven by unaccompanied learner drivers.

Ms Murdock said: “We will continue to target those who have been relying long-term on a learner permit. Driving test waiting times have never been lower with average waiting times of less than six weeks.

Furthermore, we are hopeful that the package of measures, designed to end such practice and which are currently with the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, will be introduced in 2020.” 

The RSA advertisement featuring the real life story of how Kilworth man Noel Clancy's wife Geraldine and daughter Louise were killed in a collision with an unaccompanied learner driver will be aired in the coming months.

58-year-old Geraldine Clancy was driving her 22-year-old daughter to Fermoy to catch a bus to Cork when the accident happened.

In February 2017, an inquest found the Clancy women had both died from acute cardiorespiratory failure due to drowning following a road traffic accident. The accident took place just half a mile from the Clancy home outside Kilworth and Noel was among those who assisted at the scene of the accident.

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