The number of road deaths in Donegal already exceeds last year’s figure and Gay Byrne believes that’s due to Garda cutbacks.
Last year, seven people lost their lives on the county’s roads. So far this year, there have already been nine road fatalities.
This week, Gay Byrne, chairman of the Road Safety Association, warned that “Garda cuts will lead to 200 more road deaths this year”. He pointed to a 50 per cent drop in detection of some of the most dangerous driving offences and said: “The only thing that keeps people behaving well is the risk of being caught and getting penalty points.”
Stephen Lambert, NRDO/Donegal Road Safety Working Group noted that the good summer saw more pleasure driving and motorcycling and driving in general is on the increase. He expressed particular concern about “the continued high level of single vehicle collisions due to tiredness.”