Belfast Telegraph

Safety warning as road death figures jump

Gardai said 93 people have died in 84 collisions on Irish roads this year.

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By Cate McCurry, PA

The number of people killed on Ireland’s roads has jumped by six compared with last year, gardai have said.

In a road safely plea, gardai warned drivers about the dangers of speeding, using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.

The warning comes as gardai revealed that 93 people have died in 84 collisions on Irish roads this year.

Up to Wednesday, 52 drivers, 10 passengers, 15 pedestrians, 10 motorcyclists and six pedal cyclists had been killed.

Some 70 deaths (79%) occurred on rural roads with a speed limit of 80kph or higher.

Speaking at a checkpoint on the N20 near Mallow, Inspector Joe O’Connor from Roads Policing Unit Cork North highlighted the increase in the number of drivers caught speeding, using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.

He said Cork North has seen six road deaths in the last month, three of which were motorcyclists.

Nationally, 10 motorcyclists have been killed so far this year, compared with seven in the same period in 2018.

Seven out of the 15 motorcyclists killed last year died in the month of August.

Superintendent Edmund Golden, of the National Roads Policing Bureau, appealed to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to be more visible at all times on the road.

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He said: “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 five years, the vast majority were males and the highest risk group was aged 25 to 44.

Mr Golden added: “The most dangerous day of the week is Sunday and we would appeal to all road users to exercise extreme care during this high-risk period.”

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