An Athlone woman, who was seriously injured in a fatal road traffic accident in Roscommon eight years ago and who has since campaigned for new laws to be introduced regarding the issuance of driving licences to those with severe mental illness, has been invited to address a European Commission workshop in Brussels today.
Former Knockcroghery resident, Maeve Kelly, has been invited to make a presentation on the reform of the 2006 European Directive on driving licences which is now up for revision.
Ms. Kelly was seriously injured in 2016 when the car both she and her teenage daughter were travelling in was involved in a traffic collision on the N61 just outside Roscommon. The driver of the other vehicle was a man whose inquest subsequently heard was suffering with “severe and enduring mental illness”.
Speaking to the Roscommon People this week, Maeve said she was hopeful that her views will contribute to further revision of the laws pertaining to driving licences.
“I was extremely happy to receive an invitation to attend the driving licence workshop on consequences of road traffic offences and medical fitness to drive,” she said.
Maeve has been granted speaking rights by the President of the European Commission and her address will be part of a presentation on driving disqualifications by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims.
“I hope my presentation and the message I deliver helps the campaign for a complete sea change when it comes to issuing driving licences to motorists who are suffering from profound and ongoing mental health illness. Lives need to be saved,” she said.