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Revealed: Northern Ireland's most dangerous road

Four out of the five worst black spots for road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland are in Belfast, new figures have revealed.

And the route that causes the most misery for motorists in the city is the Ormeau Road, writes Sara Girvin.

Figures released to Sunday Life following a Freedom of Information request reveal that there were 5,729 police recorded road traffic collisions in Northern Ireland between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

Of those accidents — most occurred on the Ormeau Road, followed by the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast, the Hillsborough Road in Lisburn, the Falls Road in west Belfast and north Belfast’s Antrim Road.

South Belfast MLA Anna Lo said she was surprised to hear the Ormeau Road was the number one black spot for Northern Ireland.

“There is so much traffic there and it’s always so congested that maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise,” she said.

“I would imagine that on the Ormeau Road most of the accidents are small bumps but that still costs a lot of money and if there are injuries it is very distressing for people.

“Coming up to Christmas I would obviously urge motorists to take as much care as they can on our roads and to stay safe.”

The worst month for road traffic accidents was November last year when there were 565 collisions, while the safest month was March this year when there were 426 crashes.

Most accidents took place in Co Antrim where there were 2,159, followed by Down where 1,710 accidents occurred in the year period between last September and this August.

The county with the least accidents was Fermanagh, where there were just 150 road traffic collisions.

So far this year, 52 people have died on our roads, this is already more than 2012 when there were 48 fatalities.

ACCIDENT BLACK SPOTS

1. Ormeau Road, south Belfast

2. Upper Newtownards Road, east Belfast

3. Hillsborough Road, Lisburn

4. Falls Road, west Belfast

5. Antrim Road, north Belfast

ACCIDENTS BY COUNTY

1. Antrim ............................2,159 accidents

2. Down ..............................1,710 accidents

3. Londonderry ......................683 accidents

4. Armagh..............................536 accidents

5. Tyrone ..............................491 accidents

6. Fermanagh ........................150 accidents

*figures between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

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