Road toGOOD news and bad news for car drivers in Ireland this week.
The good news is that 2010 was the safest year on the country’s roads since records began. Hurrah!
The bad news is it’s because no-one can afford petrol anymore. BBM expects the number of horse and cart-related fatalities will increase dramatically in the next 12 months – until the price of straw goes up anyway.
The government were still trying to take credit for the new statistics though, saying that road safety strategy, higher levels of enforcement, newly built roads and the improvement of the condition of cars on the road were key factors in the drop.
“The recession also has an impact,” admitted RSA chief executive Noel Brett. “There are simply less journeys being made.”
So in a way, the government are responsible for the drop in fatalities. Well done lads.