2 April 2015

Parents of road death children demand information

A demand that parents whose children are killed or seriously injured in traffic incidents should see a draft copy of the Garda report to the RSA was made by a number of such parents at today's Conference on Children & Road Safety in Dublin Castle, writes Brian Byrne.

The parents said the fact that the CT68 forms provided by the Garda are completed 'without any investigation' and can contain inaccuracies. Tony Kelly from Kilkenny, whose 7-year-old daughter Clodagh was knocked down and killed in 2007, said he and his family had been 'looking for answers ever since'.

"These reports are full of hearsay," he said during a Q&A session after the first module of the conference. "I have to ask how the RSA can use them. A draft should be sent to the parents of the children involved, for comment and correction. After all, it's the parents who are in the middle of it."

Velma Burns (above) of the RSA said the CT68 reports were by their nature initial, and not the result of investigation. She said they could not be shown to anybody under current regulation as they were Garda documents.