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Call for mandatory speed limiters for young drivers

A South Kerry coroner, speaking at the inquest into the deaths of four teenagers in a single vehicle collision last August, has called for speed limiters to be placed on cars driven by those under 25 years of age.

People at the scene on the N72 road near Killarney where four teenagers were killed and a fifth left fighting for his life in an early morning car crash in August 2010.
People at the scene on the N72 road near Killarney where four teenagers were killed and a fifth left fighting for his life in an early morning car crash in August 2010.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A CORONER SPEAKING at the inquest into the deaths of four teenagers in Co Kerry last summer has called for mandatory speed limiters to be placed in all cars driven by anyone under the age of 25.

On 25 August 2010, four teenagers died in a single vehicle collision.

Two of the victims, 17-year-old David Breen and 15-year-old Kevin Breen, were brothers. They and 15-year-old Áine Riordan were pronounced dead at the scene, while 19-year-old Brian Coffey later died in hospital.

The only survivor of the crash, Darragh Jones, told the inquest that the driver had been driving “flat out” in the moments before the crash.

The inquest heard that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and that the teenagers’ car had been travelling at 99 to 111km/h when the driver lost control, the Irish Times reports.

Coroner for South Kerry Terence Casey has called before for speed limiters to be put on cars driven by younger people, RTÉ reports.

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