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Road Statistics

Road Crash Statistics

Introduction

399 people died in road collisions in 2005, an increase of 25 or 6.7% on 2004 when a total of 374 people lost their lives. Compared to 2003, the safest year on Irish roads in over 40 years, the number of fatalities in 2005 equates to a 19% rise in road deaths.

Expressed as a monthly average, the average number of fatalities in 2003 was 28, in 2004 it was 31 and in 2005 the monthly average was 33.

If the core objective of the current Government Road Safety Strategy 2004 - 2006 to reduce road deaths to no more than 300 by 2006 is to be achieved, the average monthly fatality rate must be reduced to 25 road deaths per month.

 

Breakdown of road user fatalities in 2005*

Pedestrians

71

(18%)

 

 

Drivers

170

(43%)

 

 

Passengers

91

(23%)

 

 

Motorcyclists

51

(13%)

 

 

Pillion passengers

4

(1%)

 

 

Pedal cyclists

11

(2%)

 

 

Other

1

-

 

 

Total

399

(100%)

 

 


Table 1: Irish Road Safety in Context - 1998 to 2005

YEAR

DEATHS

MONTHLY AVERAGE

NO. VEHICLES

NO. LICENCE HOLDERS

1998

458

38

1,510,853

1,943,184

1999

413

34

1,608,156

2,039,509

2000

415

34

1,682,221

2,014,296

2001

411

34

1,769,684

2,036,624

2002

376

31

1,850,046

2,110,666

2003

335

28

1,937,429

2,217,076

2004

374

31

2,036,307

2,285,323

2005

399

33

2,138,680

2,352,540

% change on 1998 and 2005

- 13%

- 13%

+ 41%

+21%

Where it Happens

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As can be seen from Table 2, National Roads, while accounting for a mere 6% of our roads network, account for 48% of all traffic volume and 40% of fatal crashes.

Regional and Local Roads represent 94% of the network, account for 52% of traffic volumes and 60% of fatal collisions.

 

Table 2: Percentage of Collisions by Road Type*

Road Type

KMs

% of Network

% Fatal Collisions

% Traffic Volumes

National Roads

5,500

6%

40%

48%

Regional & Local

89,500

94%

60%

52%

Total

95,000

100%

100%

100%

*Source: National Roads Authority

Table 3 below indicates that 46% of people are killed and injured in road crashes in towns and cities.

A more detailed analysis shows that a total of 68% (48) of pedestrians were killed and 90% (823) were injured inside such built-up areas in 2004.

 

Table 3: All Road Casualties in 2004
-Classified Inside and Outside Built-Up Areas

 

Inside Built-Up Areas

 

Outside Built-Up Areas

 

Killed

Injured

Total

 

Killed

Injured

Total

No.

107

3,674

3,781

 

267

4,193

4,460

%

29%

47%

46%

 

71%

53%

54%

Causes of Road Deaths

According to the National Roads Authority, the main contributing factor to the large number of road fatalities in this country in 2004 (96%) was the behaviour of the road user.

·         The behaviour of drivers contributes to 88% of road fatalities

·         The behaviour of pedestrians contributes to 8% of road fatalities

·         Road factors contribute to 2% of road fatalities

·         Environmental factors contribute to 1.5% of road fatalities

·         Vehicle factors contribute to 0.5% of road fatalities

The main behaviour causing death and injury remain the same and include

·         Excessive and inappropriate speed

·         Driving while intoxicated, whether through drugs or alcohol

·         Failure to wear seatbelts and failure of parents to restrain their children properly

·         Failure to recognise vulnerable road users

·         As pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists we fail to recognise our vulnerability and fail to ensure we can be seen by others when using the roads

·         Driving while tired could also be a contributory factor