But the man leading the the fight to reduce deaths and accidents says the hard work must go on.
Garda Traffic Corps Inspector Michael Harrison says GoSafe vans are helping “massively” to change driver behaviour across Co Donegal.
And he says enforcement of the traffic laws is the only way of reducing the number of incidents, fatalities and injuries – alongside education and other measures.
“The entire strategy involving so many different organisations and An Garda Siochana is working but we cannot be complacent, we need to keep going,” Inspector Harrison told donegaldaily.com.
“We know the GoSafe vans and the work of our own officers is working because I can see it myself on the roads. People are slowing down; driver behaviour is changing and changing for the better.”
The number of tickets issued in 2011 has almost doubled on the previous year – up 94%.
Young male drivers continue to be the focus of attention because “they are the group still most likely to kill themselves or others on our roads,” said the Inspector.
As part of the enforcement, Gardai have seized more than 900 vehicles in the past 12 months.
And they continue to work closely with road safety groups and Donegal County Council to make our roads safer – and the people who drive on them drive more safely.
“One death is one death too many,” said Inspector Harrison. “You just have to ask the family of someone who has died on the roads. We must all work hard to make our roads safer.”
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