The National Road Safety Council urges motorists to use their lights during daylight hours.
It is daylight in Dublin, but most motorists today are driving with their headlights on in a show of support for the National Safety Council’s Lights For Life campaign.
In Sweden driving like this is the norm, and it is proven to significantly reduce the number of road deaths.
Four hundred and thirteen people lost their lives on our roads last year and twelve thousand were injured. The winter is the most dangerous time of year on Irish roads, bank holiday weekends in particular. Drink driving and not wearing seat belts are two factors in road deaths, but,
One of the main reasons was drivers speeding.
In 1997 research carried out in EU (European Union) countries showed that Portugal and Greece both had very high numbers of fatalities for road traffic accidents. Ireland was the seventh highest with 12.8 deaths per 100,000 of the population, significantly above 6.3 deaths for the UK (United Kingdom) and 6.1 for Sweden.
Caroline Spillane from the National Road Safety Council says that no one wants a repeat of the events of the August bank holiday weekend, when eleven people died on Irish roads.
We're asking people to show their support for road safety, think about road safety and turn on their lights.
Young male drivers are being targeted in the latest television campaign from the Road Safety Council.They are responsible for fifty seven per cent of all accidents on our roads.
With rain and stormy weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend, it is hoped that this latest campaign will lead to fewer deaths on our roads over the next few days.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 October 2000. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.