NEW figures from the RSA reveal that 207 people were killed on Louth roads between 1997 and 2011.
The figures comes as communities across Ireland, and indeed world marked, the “World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims” on Sunday.
The RSA have said: “Since we began to officially record road deaths in this country in 1959, a total of 23,226 people have been killed on Irish roads. That’s over four times the population of Ardee in Co Louth.”
As of Monday 12 November, 148 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, a reduction of eight fatalities on the same period last year.
On Saturday 10 November the latest tragic road death hit Louth, when Moya McNally, 83, was killed in the two-car collision at the Ballymascanlon filling station.
“‘World Remembrance Day’ is a time for friends and family to remember their loved ones who have been killed or seriously injured on our roads and for other road-users to consider how their behaviour impacts others.
“Since 1959, 23,226 people have been killed on our roads. And for every life lost on our roads, hundreds more are devastated by the loss. ’World Remembrance Day’ gives us all an opportunity to remember the victims of road crashes, the families grieving for their loss and the communities shattered by these tragedies. It also allows us to reflect on our own behaviour on the roads and ask ourselves how we can contribute to making the roads a safer place for everyone.”
Ms Angela Muckian, Road Safety Officer, Louth County Council said: “’World Remembrance Day’ gives us all an opportunity to remember the victims of road crashes and allows us to pay tribute to the work done in the aftermath of crashes by the emergency services, medical personnel, Gardaí and members of the community. The day also brings together the families of those who were injured or killed on our roads to show that they are not alone in their grieving.”
Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority said: “’World Remembrance Day’ is a time for everybody to come together and remember those who have died on our roads, as well as the families, friends and communities who continue to live with their grief and loss. It’s also a time to remember those who have been seriously injured on our roads and those who continue to support and care for them every day. On ‘World Remembrance Day’, I ask that we all take a moment to think about our behaviour on our roads and how we can make the roads a safer place for us all. Because one second is all it takes for tragedy to strike.”
To mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims, the RSA has developed a ‘Wall of Remembrance’ (https://apps.facebook.com/191240797620479/) on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/RSAireland. The Wall of Remembrance is a place for people to come and share their memories, to light a candle and leave a memorial message for a loved one who has been killed or seriously injured on our roads. Since it was set up last year, over 600 people have posted messages in memory of their loved ones.