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Truth of lower roads death toll

Published 10/01/2011

I WISH to correct the misinformation contained in a statement issued in response to the lowest-ever numbers of deaths on Northern Ireland's roads last year by the Bedfordshire-based Road Victims Trust (News, January 4).

The trust's chief executive suggested this significant halving of the number of road deaths in Northern Ireland was due to the recession, with more people choosing public transport and fewer drivers on the roads. There is no evidence I am aware of to support this claim. The Environment Minister, Edwin Poots, provided the correct explanation when he credited the combined efforts of enforcement, education and engineering for saving lives on our roads.


McCann Public Relations, Belfast

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