For the first time in almost a quarter of a century not a single person died on Northern Ireland’s roads during a calendar month.
The preliminary figures for February were revealed by the PSNI, which warned motorists against complacency.
Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said: “While we welcome these preliminary figures, the sad fact remains that five people have already lost their lives on roads across Northern Ireland so far this year.
“In addition, many more have been seriously injured. While some will go on to make a full recovery from their injuries, for others, their injuries may mean their lives, and the lives of their families and friends will never be the same again.
“The reality is that the vast majority of road traffic collisions are avoidable. Excessive speed for the conditions is still the most common single cause of fatal and serious injuries on roads in Northern Ireland, followed by the consumption of alcohol or drugs by drivers or riders and inattention or diverted attention.
“The bottom line is that every single road user must accept their responsibility for their actions and take the simplest steps, which will dramatically reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, slowing down, paying greater attention, concentrating while driving and always wearing a seatbelt.”