New Figures Reveal 3% Rise In Road Deaths Between January And June

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The Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána have today published a provisional review of road fatalities for the first half of 2018.

From January to 30 June 2018, 78 people died on Irish roads in 73 collisions.  This represents 3% more collisions and 3% more deaths compared to provisional Garda data for the same period in 2017.

The RSA has warned that, if the current trend continues, up to 78 more people could die before the end of 2018. The review shows that:

  1. · Road deaths have increased by 2 when compared to figures for the same period last year
  2. · Up to 30 June 2018, 39 drivers, 12 passengers, 18 pedestrians, 3 motorcyclists and 6 pedal cyclists have been killed on Irish roads
  3. · April and June were the worst months for road fatalities with 17 deaths in each month

The Review of Fatal Collisions from 1 January to 30 June 2018 found that:

  • · Road deaths have increased by 3% when compared to figures for the same period last year
  • · Up to 30 June 2018, 39 drivers, 12 passengers, 18 pedestrians, 3 motorcyclists and 6 pedal cyclists have been killed on Irish roads
  • · The highest number of fatalities among all road users occurred in Cork (11) followed by Tipperary (7) and Dublin (6)
  • · There has been a reduction in motorcyclist fatalities with 70% less deaths than for the same period last year
  • · The highest risk age group of drivers killed was 66 years and older
  • · Half of fatalities happened from Friday to Sunday
  • · There were 17 fatalities between midnight and 6am (22%). The majority of these (11) occurred on Saturday and Sunday morning.

As of Monday 9 July, 83 people have been killed on Ireland’s roads, three more than the same period last year.