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Injuries-focused Road Safety Strategy to be launched in March

Minister Varadkar said he aims to make Ireland the country in Europe with the safest roads.

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A NEW ROAD safety strategy that will focus on reducing injuries on Irish roads – as well as deaths – is to be introduced in Ireland in March.

Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, gave some details on the seven-year Road Safety Strategy yesterday at a press briefing about Tispol, the European Traffic Police Network.

He said that the strategy would be launched on 28 March, and would be aimed at reducing the number of injuries on Irish roads. It would also seek to put in place definitions for the severity of injuries within certain categories. It will also introduce a baseline and targets for the reduction of the number of injuries.

The amount of road deaths in this country has reduced dramatically since 2006, with the last six years seeing record low levels of deaths on Irish roads.

According to the Minister, the strategy will also involve publishing data on the serious injuries suffered by people on Irish roads. The news comes as the EU is to work on its own new injury reduction strategy. A consultation on the EU strategy to reduce injuries resulting from road traffic accidents underwent a consultation period from April to June of 2012.

Varadkar said that Ireland is currently the sixth safest country for roads in the EU, and he aims to make it the safest.

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