JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has said that targeted road safety measures by the gardaí are resulting in fewer deaths on Irish roads.
He was speaking as figures for 2012 showed that 161 people lost their lives on Irish roads, 25 fewer than in 2011 and 51 fewer than in 2010.
The figure for last year was the lowest since records began with it being the sixth year in a row in which the number of road deaths has fallen and the fifth year in a row that the number of deaths have reached a new record low.
Shatter thanked the gardaí for their work in contributing to the reduction in road deaths last year.
“Targeted road safety measures have resulted in a consistent reduction in road deaths over the past seven years with provisional 2012 figures showing a record low in road deaths,” he said in a statement.
The Minister also elaborated on some of the priorities in the area of policing Irish roads in the year ahead including the road safety camera network which will be deployed to areas “where there is an established or prospective risk of collisions”.
He added: “Enforcement measures on their own are not enough, however, and I would again appeal to all road users, and particularly younger drivers, to drive responsibly.
“We must all work together if we are to maintain and improve on the progress made in reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”