A total of 149 people lost their lives on Irish roads in 2020, which is nine more when compared with 2019 (140).
While road deaths increased last year by six per cent, there has been a 25 per cent reduction in the number of injury collisions (serious and minor combined) that occurred on Irish roads, down from 5,527 in 2019 to 4,120 in 2020.
The figures were published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) following an analysis of provisional fatal collision reports by An Garda Síochána.
Commenting on road safety in 2020, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton, Minister for State at the Department of Transport said: “It has been a disappointing year for road safety. While we have seen a significant reduction in the number of serious and minor injury crashes, road deaths have increased. This is despite a reduction in traffic volumes for periods during the year due to the pandemic. However, we have had setbacks like this in the past.
“What’s important is how we respond. In the Programme for Government, road safety has been identified as a priority social issue. The development of the new Government Road Safety Strategy, which will span the next decade, is well underway and will have at its heart the ‘Vision Zero’.
“All deaths on our roads are preventable and no loss of life or injury should be tolerated or accepted as the price of our mobility. Starting in the new year, working together, government agencies and public alike, we must begin the work of realising the vision of zero deaths on Ireland’s roads.”