The radio stations are running those 'He drives, she dies' ads again. I went on a rant about them last summer.
Apropos of nothing, from the last three weeks: "Woman killed in Galway road crash... The 25-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A second woman in her 30s, who was travelling in the car, was slightly injured..."
"Woman dies in Antrim crash... An 18-year-old woman has died in a road accident in Co Antrim. [The woman] was the driver of a car that crashed on the Bann Road, Ballymoney, at around midnight. No other vehicles were involved in the crash."
"Woman dies after Meath car crash... A 23-year-old woman, who was injured in a road crash in Co Meath early on Saturday morning, has died in hospital. The single-vehicle crash happened at Moynalvey near the Summerhill to Dunboyne road."
"Woman killed in Kildare crash... A woman has died following a road crash in Co Kildare in the early hours of this morning. The 33-year-old woman was injured when her car hit a wall at Allen, Kilmeague, Naas.2
And from 1st July: "Mother admits dangerous driving causing death... A Longford mother has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and serious bodily harm after two young children were killed when a car she was driving was involved in a crash."
Now first of all I don't want to be blasé or heartless about any road fatality. These women are all someone's daughter, sister, wife, girlfriend and the point here isn't that I'm claiming that women are worse drivers than men, or more dangerous drivers than men or more likely to die than male drivers.
My point is, as it was then, that: "ad campaigns like that scapegoat all young men as bad, reckless drivers and allow the rest of the population to absolve themselves of any sin - perfectly adequate drivers that would otherwise potter along the roads in complete safety if they weren't in fear of being the next victim of a 17-24 killing machine".
It's a cruel irony that so many female drivers have been killed just as that ad was wheeled out onto the airwaves again.