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Eleven die on Donegal roads in 2015 05.01.16

ELEVEN people died tragically on the roads of Donegal last year - an increase of two on the previous year, new figures show.
The Donegal road traffic fatalities in 2015 included five drivers, two passengers, two cyclists and two pedestrians.
The local figure from the Road Safety Working Group is set against a backdrop of 165 people who died nationwide last year.
This was compared to 193 road traffic deaths in 2014 which was the second lowest number since records began in 1959.
However, it was a shocking average of fourteen people a month losing their lives due to traffic accidents nationwide.
Donegal road safety officer Brian O’Donnell said: "The most frightening figure is that of the drivers killed, 20 were not wearing a seatbelt and nine passengers killed had not got their seatbelt on.
"A large number, despite the horrific consequences are still ignoring the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt. It seems incredible that after years of public education, including the use of graphic television advertisements that people will still travel in a car and not put on their seatbelt.
"If we can learn from these tragic figures and every safety measure is taken when using the road including slow down, wear your seatbelt, never use a mobile phone while driving, never drink and drive and by wearing high visibility clothing, road fatalities will fall," he said.
"It should never be forgotten that behind every figure and statistic are real tragedies and real victims with real lives lost. Road safety is not issue for the authorities alone. Each one of us who use our roads can make a difference and should take a moment to reflect on how we use the roads and whether or not we could improve our driving and ensure that we do not become another bleak statistic — or the cause of one.
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