Belfast Telegraph

38,519 killed on roads in Northern Ireland and the Republic since records began

More than 38,500 people have been killed on roads throughout the island of Ireland, safety chiefs have revealed.

While records of road deaths in Northern Ireland go back as far as 1931, fatalities were only counted in the Republic from 1959 onwards.

A trawl of the figures shows 38,519 recorded road deaths on both sides of the border since the records began.

These include 23,752 in the Republic and 14,767 in the North.

The numbers were released as events are being planned around the island for Sunday to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Stormont Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, whose own family was devastated by the loss of his sister in a car crash in 2000, said road deaths do not discriminate.

"All road users are vulnerable - every journey, every day, every road," he said.

"The certainty of the unexpected means that it is crucial to reduce speed, wear seatbelts and eliminate high risk behaviours."

Liz O'Donnell, chairperson of the Republic's Road Safety Authority, pointed out that in addition to the thousands of lives lost, thousands more have suffered serious, life-changing injuries.

"World Day of Remembrance reminds us how easily tragedy can happen but by making small changes to our behaviour on the roads, we can all help to prevent future tragedy," she added.

"Never underestimate the role we as individuals can play in saving lives, each and every time we use the roads."

Religious services and commemorative events take place around the country on Sunday to remember the lives that have been lost and changed forever through road crashes.

A full list of the events is available on


From Belfast Telegraph