Figures released today show that there has been a 72% reduction in road deaths in Donegal during the Government Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 when compared to the period of the previous strategy
These figures were announced as the Road Safety Authority prepares to finalise the next Road Safety Strategy which will span an eight year period from 2013 to 2020.
162 people died on Irish roads in 2012, 24 fewer fatalities than the previous year when 186 people died and 51 fewer than 2010 when 212 people died on our roads. Between 2007 and 2012, the national average reduction in road deaths was 57% when compared to the number of fatalities between 2004 and 2006. Donegal was in the top 10 best performing counties in terms of the reduction in road deaths which fell from 22 in 2007 to seven in 2012.
The report, “2007 to 2012 road traffic deaths by user type and county”, highlights the lives saved in Donegal over the past five years. Since 2007, 62 drivers, 17 pedestrians and two cyclists have been killed on roads in the county. No motorcyclists have died in Donegal during this period.
Commenting on the report’s findings, Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said:
“The reduction in road deaths in Donegal shows just what can be achieved when communities come together and say, enough is enough, we don’t want any more people dying on our roads. All it takes to make a difference is for one person to say, I’m going to change my behaviour on the roads so that I can keep myself and others safe when we’re out on the roads.
“So on behalf of the RSA I would like to thank each and every person in Donegal for the contribution you have made to keeping roads in your county safe. It is the efforts made by each and every one of you that has helped make Donegal one of the top ten best performing counties in Ireland in terms of reducing roads deaths. I would also like to pay tribute to An Garda Síochána, emergency services personnel and Local Authorities for their work in reducing the death toll on our roads. If we all redouble our efforts in 2013, there is no reason why we can’t make Ireland’s roads the safest in the world.”