IRVA – The Irish Road Victims’ Association

I was speaking with Donna Price over the last few months from IRVA – The Irish Road Victims’ Association who do remarkable work for the bereaved whose family members lives have been cut short on our roads.

Donna Price is the Chairperson of the organisation this year.

Donna has kindly agreed to share material about the IRVA on this site which is appropriate and is the main reason I am involved in road safety in the first place.

Who are IRVA and what do they do?

The Irish Road Victims’ Association is a national charitable NGO, – (not part of the RSA) and are based in Mullingar.

The organisation is made up of the following:

  • bereaved families who have lost a loved one on our roads,
  • those who have been injured themselves in road traffic collisions,
  • their colleagues and friends,
  • and those with an interest in road crash prevention and in making our roads safe for all road users.

 

There follows a short poem for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

 

Now is the time to learn from the past

Ask your friends not to drive so fast

Too many lives have been lost to date

We can’t continue to tempt fate!

Stop texting, put away your phone

If you drink, leave the keys at home

Lives are daily being impaired

It’s well past time to show we cared!

No precious life is dispensable

So let’s all please be sensible

‘Accidents’ don’t just happen to others

What if it was one of your brothers!

Let this day be our wake-up call

A day to promise change for us all

Don’t wait for that knock on the door …

trauma and pain that goes right to your core!

Let us now learn from the past

And these preventable deaths be our last

Drive with due care and attention

Our motto being, crash prevention!

 

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a family member to the road and over the next few weeks I will be sharing other information pertaining to the IRVA on this website.

If you are driving for work in the next few days after reading please keep in mind driving is personal to all of us but no more so than to the families left behind.

 

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