All road users are being urged to take extra care on the roads this February to avoid a repeat of the same month last year, in which 19 people died.
February 2020 was the worst month for road traffic fatalities during the year, according to Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána figures. During the month eight drivers, six pedestrians, four passengers and one motorcyclist lost their lives.
The number of pedestrian and passenger deaths represented an increase in comparison to February in previous years (2017-2019). While the deaths occurred across 10 different counties, County Cork accounted for just over a quarter of the fatalities.
There has been one death on Irish roads to date this month, and seven in total for 2021.
Sam Waide, RSA CEO, said: “Despite February being the shortest month of the year, February 2020 was the most dangerous and tragic on our roads, with 19 people killed.
“That number is not just a statistic, it is 19 families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Whilst February this year may experience different traffic volumes compared to last year, that does not mean there is any less need to be mindful of the dangers whilst out driving, cycling or walking.
“We don’t want a repeat of the tragedy that we saw last year so, drivers slow down and watch out for vulnerable road users, and for pedestrians and cyclists, wear high visibility clothing, day or night.”
Road users are being alerted to the fact that collision patterns have changed because of the pandemic. The high-risk periods to use the road now tend to be Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, and between 12:00 and 20:00.