63 people died in NI road tragedies during 2017

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Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The Department for Infrastructure is encouraging all road users to take personal responsibility and share the road in 2018 and ensure their own safety and that of other road users.

The release of provisional figures this week by the PSNI show that 63 people died in road tragedies during 2017, five fewer people than last year.



Reflecting on the loss of life on our roads this year, Head of the Department’s Safe and Sustainable Travel Promotion and Outreach team Lynda Hurley said, “The consequences of road traffic collisions endure for a lifetime and this year has again seen lost lives and heartbroken families. 

“On behalf of the Department I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones and those suffering serious injuries through road tragedy.

“While five fewer people have died than last year, every death is one too many – we need to work together to make 2018 a better year on our roads. PSNI data shows the persistent behaviours that lead to road collisions. The main problem areas, namely drink driving, speeding, carelessness and inattention and seatbelt wearing are things we as road users can control. 



She continued, “The evidence shows that over 95% of deaths and serious injuries on our roads are due to human error; caused by poor road user behaviour and are therefore preventable. Over-confidence and complacency pose enormous threats to road users so we must not let our guard down.