Road Safety Appeal issued by An Garda Síochána over the increase in road fatalities

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As of the 14th August 2019, 93 people died on Irish roads in 84 collisions.

Road deaths have increased by 6 (as of the 14/8/19) when compared to figures for the same period last year.

Up to, and including 14th August 2019, 52 drivers, 10 passengers, 15 pedestrians, 10 motorcyclists and 6 pedal cyclists have been killed on Irish roads.

Seventy fatalities (79%) occurred on rural roads with a speed limit of 80km/h or higher.

Speaking at a checkpoint on the N20 near Mallow this morning, Inspector Joe O’Connor Roads Policing Unit Cork North highlighted the increase in detections in respect of speeding, mobile phones and seatbelts.

He outlined that Cork North has seen 6 road fatalities in the last month, 3 of the 6 were motorcyclists.

  • Nationally there have been 10 motorcyclist fatalities so far this year, 7 during the same period in 2018.
  • In 2018, half (7 out of 15) of all motorcyclist fatalities occurred in the month of August.
Superintendent Edmund Golden National Roads Policing Bureau outlined that there have been 93 road fatalities, up 6 on this day last year. He is appealing to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and stresses the need for them to be more visible at all times on the road.
 
Motorists should be more vigilant during this high-risk period, particularly in respect of motorcyclists.
 
Drivers need to look and look again particularly in their blind spot when turning, overtaking and at junctions.
 
Of the motorcyclists killed over the last 5 years (2014 – 2019) the vast majority were male drivers and the highest risk groups were those aged between 25 and 44 years.
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