Following the death of 74 people on the roads last year Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is echoing road safety pleas to encourage road users to ‘Share the Road to Zero’ with the aim that nobody is killed on Northern Ireland’s road this year.
Statistics which are broken down into policing districts reveal that during 2015 there were 9 fatalities on roads in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, compared to 7 in 2014.
‘Share the Road to Zero’ is a community programme with one aim - zero road death in Northern Ireland.
In 2015, 74 people tragically lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads. Referring to the PSNI stastistics Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It’s an unspeakable tragedy that 74 people died on our roads in 2015 (Provisional PSNI Road Death Statistics). One death on our road is one too many. Last year we attended 736 road traffic collisions and rescued 577 people. Unfortunately in 2014 our firefighters, along with our colleagues in the emergency services, witnessed all too often the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed caused by irresponsible road user behaviour.
“Throughout the year we have worked hard with our road safety partners, Department of the Environment (DoE) Road Safety, the Police and Ambulance Service to improve road user behaviour to help reduce the number of road traffic collisions occurring and the number of people killed and seriously injured as a result,” Alan continued.
“We must do all we can to ease the pain, loss and suffering to individuals, families and communities caused by road traffic collisions. We are all responsible for road safety and we all have a responsibility to ‘Share the Road to Zero’ and we simply must all aspire towards zero road deaths in the year ahead, “ he said.
‘Share the Road to Zero’ is a community programme which aims to eliminate road death in Northern Ireland.The message is that we are all at risk every second of every day on our roads. More than 16,000 people across Northern Ireland have already pledged to weekly road safety tips and reminders starting with 5 ways to reduce road death.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service echoes the programme’s message for more road safety and zero death on the roads in Northern Ireland. Pledging is quick and free so sign up today because every road death is one too many. Pledge to the Share the Road to Zero at www.sharetheroadtozero.com