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Saturday 21 October 2017

Editorial: Weekend of tragedy for four families

A WEEKEND of tragic accidents on our roads has left four families grieving for their loved ones.

Four were killed in separate collisions in different parts of the country, three of them in the early hours of yesterday.

Road Safety Authority chairman Gay Byrne warned we could "lose another 65 fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters on our roads before the year is out".

The RSA's Irish Road Safety Week starts today and runs until Sunday.

Ireland's record in reducing road deaths won it an EU accolade in June, with deaths down by 41pc since 2001.

The death toll is 22 less than this time last year but gardai have urged drivers to slow down, with road conditions becoming more difficult over coming weeks as the dark nights close in.

There is no room for complacency on road safety as four more families faced the unthinkable this weekend.

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