Kathy McMahon: A Life Cut Short


Early in 2018, Kathy McMahon wrote a seminal blog post here on rta0.  Just months later she unexpectedly passed away in May while visiting her daughter in Geneva. A great loss to family, friends and myself as her partner of twenty years.

Back in 1996 a tragic road accident took the life of Kathy’s son Justin. Her own injuries were partially disabling and the lasting effects had cut short her life at the age of just sixty three years.

In the months following her demise I was unable to progress the rta0 initiative, but as 2019 beckons I’m ready again to advance the project.

Before Kathy’s death this May I lobbied key players; met with and briefed the Irish Road Safety Authority; and made multinational contacts. I found a welcoming response to the basic concept.

It’s time to take this public and gather the resources to get it done. In January, 2018 I will outline a phased roll out plan which delivers quick benefits and then builds towards the final product.

Road safety professionals and people whose lives have been touched by road fatality or serious injury are vital constituencies at this stage. We know how important it is to prevent tragic outcomes which end lives and destroy potential.  Technology can be harnessed to deliver results and I hope you will help make that happen.