- Category: Welfare
- Published on Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:56
The number of Irish road deaths fell to 239 in 2009, the lowest level on record, down 40 from 2008. The Government’s road safety target of achieving no more than 252 deaths per annum by the end of 2012 was achieved three years ahead of schedule.
The 239 who died consisted of 40 pedestrians, 7 cyclists, 128 drivers, 38 passengers and 27 bikers. 17 of those killed, died on Limerick roads.
Other figures show:
• 40% of deaths were aged under 25.
• Sunday was the most dangerous day of the week with 51 deaths.
• 49% of road deaths happened at the weekend.
• The hours between 6pm and 8pm were the most dangerous, with 30 deaths (13%).
• The average monthly fatality rate was 20 in 2009 compared to 23 in 2008 and 28 in 2007.
• The safest month of the year was September when 13 deaths occurred. This is also the safety month on record.
Here are a number of tips to stay safe on the roads:
• Be aware of cyclists and pedestrians.
• Don’t use your phone while driving.
• Don’t ever drink and drive.
• Watch out for animals on the road.
• Put on lights if visibility is low.
• Be Patient.
• Take corners slowly.
• Don’t drive if feeling agitated or sleepy.
• Don’t overtake unless you can see.
• Buckle up.
• Walk on the path or if there is none, at the edge and against the traffic. Get a reflector. Look both ways. (And right again!) Don’t risk a tight crossing. When cycling: wear a helmet and reflector.
Below is a video produced by Media students Michelle Ryan and Noel Byrne on the dangers of taking drugs and driving: