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Car care crucial if we're to reduce road deaths

As someone who lost a loved one in a road crash last year, I can fully appreciate the terrible sense of loss and devastation felt by families and friends of all road accident victims.

It is however little wonder that so many people are being killed in road accidents of recent.

The winter evenings have shown very clearly the staggering number of vehicles, which have defective lights – the number of "one-eyed monsters" – is frightening.

A walk across a local supermarket car park also indicated the not insignificant number of cars with at least one defective tyre, some with more.

Very many drivers also seem to disregard the need to indicate at junctions and roundabouts. The number of near misses I have recently witnessed is again staggering.

The PSNI can realistically only do so much to promote safer roads, it is ultimately up to drivers and vehicle owners to drive more responsibly, ensuring that their vehicles are legally fit for purpose.

The lives of loved ones and friends are much too important not to take matters like these seriously.

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