Kildare’s Road Safety Officer, Declan Keogh has declared the 34% cut in Kildare’s road safety budget should not deter from the task of reducing fatalities and injuries for 2014.
With a total of 15 fatalities last year, the highest increase in Kildare since 2006, Mr Keogh said the ‘significant cut’ should not take away from the overall goal.
The budget has been cut from €90,000 to €175,000 compared to last year’s €265,000 allocation. This funds the Kildare Road Safety office and school wardens.
Mr. Keogh said “Much of the resources, facilities and equipment needed for road safety promotion and awareness is already in place from previous spends, however, new and on-going campaigns, advertisements and initiatives which need funding may be affected, or reduced slightly this year, however, that should not deflate our overall goal of reducing deaths and injuries on the roads this year”.
Commenting on last year’s figures, Declan Keogh stressed; “Given the remarkable year and excellent trend Kildare set in 2012 with just one fatality, compared to 15 last year, I would agree to some extent that all road users became complacent in 2013 and in many ways let their guard down. Some returned to old and dangerous habits, while many others simply didn’t choose the safest option ..., and this unfortunately and tragically for everyone has led to the rise in road deaths last year. I sincerely hope that we never see those figures in Kildare again, and would urge everyone, to please have respect for the roads .........”