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Have a safe new year

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The Christmas and New Year holiday period is historically associated with disregard of road rules and laws which subsequently lead to accidents and loss of life and damage to property.

Last Christmas there was a recorded 1,785 accidents within the UK; this sadly brought 147 fatalities and 1,304 injuries. The shocking part is that these accidents occurred within a period of 7 days.

Having a car crash at any point is devastating; however, during the festive period losing a loved one can be a lot harder.

A Government deputy spokesman said “The cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan for the prevention and reduction of road accidents between 27th December 2012 and the 2nd January 2013 during the New Year celebrations with an aim to cut the number of deaths and injuries by 5% from last year.”

The spokesman said the plan includes measures to prevent and reduce accidents through strict law enforcement, improvement of traffic engineering, public relations and emergency medical operations.

Emphasis would be on stopping speeding and drunk-driving, enforcing wearing of motorcycle safety helmets, and a ban on people riding on the back of a pick-up truck.

I, therefore, urge the motoring public and commuters to abide by the rules of the road before, during and after the festive season.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

By Tara Lever