Motorists may be asked to upload videos of bad driving on Irish roads
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The Irish Government is considering launching a website where users can upload videos of dangerous driving as part of efforts to make roads safer.
The RSA announced the move as part of their Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 on Tuesday (14 December).
The overall goal of the strategy is to reduce deaths and injuries on the road by 50% by 2030.
The government is hoping to eradicate all deaths and serious injuries on the road by 2050.
Seven priority areas have been named in the Government's strategy plan.
- Safe Roads & Roadsides
- Safe Speeds
- Safe Vehicles
- Safe Road Use
- Post-crash Response
- Safe and Healthy Modes of Travel
- Safe Work-Related Road Use
Each priority area has been broken down into several plans of action over three phases.
Phase 1 will include testing the retrofitting of advanced driver-assistance systems in selected cars, developing a National Cycle Network plan for interurban rural cycling and walking, and exploring the potential of an online portal for road users to upload footage of road traffic offences.
The Government is also looking to review the penalties for serious road traffic offences, such as driving while impaired.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said that Ireland had made huge progress over the past two decades in improving road traffic.
"Over the years, there has been unwavering support for road safety from business organisations, voluntary organisations, the media and the public," the minister said.
"Now we must continue to work together so that we can save more lives and prevent injuries, and so that we can remain a leader and best-practice example for other countries.
"Together we will create change, and safer roads, for society."
To date, 126 fatalities have occured on Irish roads this year.
A "significant majority" of road fatalities in 2021 occurred on rural roads, according to the Road Safety Authority's (RSA) 2021 review.