RSA to review road deaths
Amid growing concern over rising casualties the RSA is to review road deaths to determine pre-crash behaviour according to a recent story by Eoghan MacConnell in the Irish Times.
According to Eoghan:
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) plans to review all fatal road traffic collisions in Ireland over a four year period to assess pre-crash behaviour. RSA’s Brian Farrell said the review would go beyond what the gardaí would fill out at the roadside. It will look at motorist’s toxicology reports and those of pedestrians, he explained.
“It’s a report that will be looking at pre-crash behaviour,” Mr Farrell remarked, “it would be very important in terms of planning our interventions and strategy.”
similar review has been conducted by the RSA in the past between 2005 and 2007 and a comparison of the results will be made in order to assess any changes in behaviour, he added. “It’s specifically in relation to going in and looking at the pre-causal factors in collisions,” he said.
In a recent column in Bike Buyers Guide, MAG Ireland highlighted the rising casualties and the fact that the authorities were seeking to identify and eliminate the causes. It appears the RSA has now kick started that process.
Given that 2013 was a bad year for motorcycle casualties with 27 fatalities, and with 2014 figures already at 13 as of the end of July, it's inevitable that motorcycling will once again come under the spotlight.
The major concern here is that draconian measures which were previously demonstrated to be disproportionate will now be firmly back on the table. They include the previously defeated proposal for a ban when riders accumulate six points rather than the normal twelve and the ongoing threat of mandatory high visibility clothing for both rider and pillion passenger.
MAG Ireland has sought a meeting with the RSA to discuss the issues arising from the announcement of the review.