Donegal was third most dangerous county for driving in 2010

Donegal was the third most dangerous county in the country to drive in 2010, according to new statistics.

Donegal was the third most dangerous county in the country to drive in 2010, according to new statistics.

Figures from the Road Safety Authority for 2010 show the county is only behind Roscommon and Laois in terms of the number of the death rate on its roads. The 19 deaths in Donegal in 2010 gave the county a death rate of 129 per one million people.

But Donegal is set to drop down the league of most dangerous counties to drive in after only six people died on the roads here in 2011.

Nine people died on Roscommon roads in 2010 amounting to a death rate of 153 per one million people. Laois was the second most dangerous county with nine deaths and a death rate of 134 per one million people.

Drivers in Cavan and Longford suffered the most injuries with just over 3,000 per million people in each county.

Dublin proved to be the safest county to drive in in 2010 with 20 deaths giving it a death rate of 17 deaths per million.

Galway was the second safest county to drive in with six deaths or 26 per million. Clare, Cork and Meath were also among the safest counties to drive in.

The statistics showed that driver error was to blame for 83.4% of the deaths in the roads in 2010 while pedestrians were to blame for 7.9%, road conditions were attributed to 5.8% of accidents. The environment was blamed for 2.8% of accidents while vehicle fault was responsible for 0.2%.

The statistics are based on garda data from every road accident involving a fatality or resulting in someone being hospitalised in 2010.