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    Default 2009 Safest on Roads in 50 years

    2009 Safest Year on Record

    240 people died on Irish roads in 2009 which is lowest on record.

    Clear evidence that Investment in infrastructure and change in road traffic laws have had a huge impact.

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    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?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth.ie View Post
    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?
    Noel Dempsey must get all the credit. After all he got the blame for snow covered roads and runways.


    (That said, it would be a good time for Gay Byrne to retire)

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    Quote Originally Posted by iartaoiseach View Post
    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.
    There are probably MORE road accidents than 50 years ago. Whats happening is there are less deaths. For the reasons I posted above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth.ie View Post
    There are probably MORE road accidents than 50 years ago. Whats happening is there are less deaths. For the reasons I posted above.
    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.

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    A decrease in fatalaties is still very good news, no matter how you look at it. Long may figures continue in the downward direction.
    “A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” R. Steiner

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    Quote Originally Posted by odie1kanobe View Post
    2009 Safest Year on Record

    240 people died on Irish roads in 2009 which is lowest on record.

    Clear evidence that Investment in infrastructure and change in road traffic laws have had a huge impact.
    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.

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    The government's advertising campaign must be having an effect.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08Z-FmgbFK0&feature=PlayList&p=3CBFD7A0A48D3059&playne xt=1&playnext_from=PL&index=12"]YouTube- Steve Coogan at his best[/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by yehbut_nobut View Post
    A decrease in fatalaties is still very good news, no matter how you look at it. Long may figures continue in the downward direction.
    +1, for all our sakes.

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