Shock as 17 die on Tipp roads in 2014

Michael Heverin

Reporter:

Michael Heverin

Assist. Commissioner Jack Nolan.
Seventeen people lost their lives on Tipperary roads last year - more than the combined total of four other south east counties.

Seventeen people lost their lives on Tipperary roads last year - more than the combined total of four other south east counties.

Now the highest ranking garda in the region is calling on drivers to be extra careful to cut down on the unacceptable level of road fatalities.

Assistsant Commissioner for the South East, Jack Nolan, said road safety is everyone’s business and responsibility each time you use the roads.

“Let us strive to ensure that 2015 is a safer year on roads in the South Eastern Region”, he said.

He said gardai would be making a special effort to make roads safer but needed the support of road users.

Assistant Commissioner Nolan was repeating a plea that both he and Chief Supdt Catherine Kehoe made at a Community Policing seminar last Thursday night when a drop in crime and rise in detection in the division was counter-balanced by a rise in road deaths.

This week Assist. Commissioner Nolan described 2014 as a challenging year on the roads in the region with 33 deaths - there were three in Kilkenny, four each in Waterford and Wexford, five in Carlow - but an alarming seventeen in Tipperary, more than the other four counties combined.

Drivers and passengers account for 66.7% of the deaths with pedestrians and cyclists accounting for 33.3%.

The Assistant Commissioner said An Garda Síochána in the South Eastern Region is committed to achieving a reduction in these numbers throughout 2015.