Jim Higgins, Fine Gael MEP for Midlands North West, has today called on motorists to exercise caution on the roads over the coming months and to ensure that their cars are winter ready.
In 2012, the number of Irish road deaths fell to a record low of 162. However, this decline has stopped in 2013. With November and December yet to come, 161 people have died on Irish roads in 2012, an increase of 19 from this time last year, and only one away from last year’s total.
Mr. Higgins described these figures as “alarming” and echoed calls from an Garda Síochána urging motorists to drive safely over the festive period and to prepare their cars for the winter weather.
“It’s imperative that we avoid further tragedy on our roads this winter. Having your brakes inspected, checking your lights, tyre pressure, and the battery - these are the kind of routine checks we need to undertake as the weather gets worse. They might seem small, but the fact of the matter is that these steps can save lives.”
“The Office of Emergency Planning provides fantastic guides on preparing your car for the adverse weather conditions. They’re available at www.winterready.ie, and I’d urge every motorist to have a look and take the recommended steps this year”, Mr. Higgins said