Deputy Tommy Broughan has recently been asking the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, and of course, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, for figures relating to unaccompanied learner drivers who have been involved in fatal or serious road traffic collisions. Deputy Broughan asked these questions on behalf of PARC civil society group as part of the work it has been undertaking in supporting families bereaved by RTCs caused by unaccompanied learner drivers.
In a PQ reply received today, the Tánaiste has provided figures which show that between 2012 and the 29th of November 2016, 42 unaccompanied learner drivers were involved in fatal road traffic collisions. During the same period, 112 unaccompanied learner drivers were involved in serious road traffic collisions.
Deputy Broughan says “The current spotlight on road safety and the need to improve it is very welcome. Myself and civil society organisations such as PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our Roads) have been calling for such focus and prioritisation for some time now. There are many areas of the enforcement of our road traffic legislation that must be scrutinised and improved and the involvement of unaccompanied learner drivers is certainly one such area.”