Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

NIFRS Echoes Road Safety Pleas Towards Zero Road Deaths

As it’s revealed that 55 people tragically lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2018, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS)  is echoing road safety pleas to encourage road users to ‘Share the Road to Zero’.

Gerry Lennon, Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:

“Tragically 55 people died on our roads in 2018 (Provisional PSNI Road Death Statistics) – one death on our roads is one too many.  We attended 776 road traffic collisions and rescued 50 people.  Unfortunately in 2018 our Firefighters, along with our colleagues in the Emergency Services, witnessed all too often the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed by irresponsible road user behaviour.

“Throughout 2018 we have worked hard with our road safety partners;  Department for Infrastructure, the Police and Ambulance Service to improve road user behaviour to help reduce the number of road traffic collisions and the number of people killed and seriously injured as a result.

“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 – 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.”  

ENDS

Notes to editors: 

  1. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended 776 road traffic collisions in 2018 and rescued 50 people and attended 736 road traffic collisions in 2017 and rescued 46 people.
  2. 55 road traffic deaths in 2018 (up to 09:00 on 20/12/2018) compared to 63 in 2017 (PSNI Road Death Statistics).

For further information please contact:  During Office Hours – Corporate    Communications Department, Tel 028 9266 4221. Out Of Office Hours Media Enquiries –   Duty Headquarters Officer, Tel 028 9266 4221.

 

 

 

 



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