5 January 2022
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is encouraging road users to share our roads responsibly after it was revealed that 50 people tragically lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2021.
During 2021 NIFRS attended 668 road traffic collisions and rescued 485 people from their vehicles.
Suzanne Fleming, Group Commander, NIFRS, said:
“Every death on our roads is one too many, and so it is tragic that 50 people have died on our roads this year.
“Unfortunately our Firefighters, along with our colleagues in the other emergency services, witness first-hand the lives completely destroyed as a consequence of road traffic collisions.
“Throughout 2021 we worked hard with our statutory road safety partners, Department for Infrastructure, PSNI, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, and our partners in the community, 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.
“It is important that we recognise that we are all responsible for road safety – and we should do everything we possibly can to ‘Share the Road to Zero’ in 2022- reduce your speed, wear your seatbelt, don’t use a mobile phone when driving, don’t drive after drinking or taking drugs, and be aware of how bad weather might impact driving conditions.”