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    Road deaths history

    Road deaths history

    Since 1959, more than 23,000 people have been killed on Irish roads. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Carlow town. Historian Diarmaid Ferriter and journalist and author, Eoghan Corry are here to trace the history of road safety and deaths in this country. Our first road sign and safety regulations were introduced in 1903. The first speed limit (5mph) was introduced later that decade. In 1914, there were 20,000 motor vehicles registered in Ireland and this rose to 34,000 a decade later. And in the late 1920s, a proposal to have penalties for drink driving was dropped as it ...


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