Provisional road collision statistics for 2016 (as of 5pm on Friday 30th December), published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), which are based on preliminary crash investigations by An Garda Síochána as of 5pm on Friday 30th December, show that there has been a 15 per cent increase in road traffic related fatalities in 2016 compared to 2015.
A total of 187 people have lost their lives on the roads in 175 fatal crashes in 2016, compared to 162 lives lost in 155 fatal crashes in 2015. This represents a 15 per cent increase in fatalities and a 13% increase in fatal crashes.
It is well past time that the Government, the RSA, and the Gardai got to grips with this ongoing tragic and distressing loss of life. It is their responsibility and they must act with a proper and effective road safety policy and real enforcement to back it up.
Some road safety statistics from 2016
– As of 30th December 2016, there have been 175 fatal collisions, which have resulted in 187 fatalities on Irish roads. This represents 13% more collisions (+20) and 15% more deaths (+25) compared to provisional Garda data for the same period in 2015. This is an unwelcome increase in numbers particularly in the context of the decrease in fatalities seen in 2015 (162) compared to 2014 (193).
– In total, 82 drivers and 37 passengers lost their lives. This represents 11 more driver deaths (+15%) and 10 more passenger deaths (+37%) compared to 2015.
– In terms of vulnerable road users, there were 35 pedestrians, 21 motorcyclists and 10 pedal cyclists killed.
– Vulnerable road users represented over a third (35%) of all those killed
· In addition, two road users in the ‘other’ category were killed (this includes one pillion passenger, and one sulky passenger).
· There has been an increase in fatalities among pedestrians (+2) and pedal cyclists (+1); there was a decline in deaths among motorcyclists (-1).
· July 2016 was the most dangerous month for road users in 2016 with 21 fatalities recorded, but May and October were also particularly dangerous with 20 deaths recorded in each month. The monthly average to the 30th of December 2016 was 16 fatalities per month.
– The highest number of fatalities in 2016 were in Dublin (21), Cork (21) and Limerick (16)
– Approximately 1 in 5 drivers and passengers were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.