The NUMBER of people killed on Donegal’s roads this year is on course to be the lowest on record.
Official Garda figures show that six people have died on the county’s roads in 2011. The year as also seen the lowest number of fatal collisions. The Donegal Road Safety Working group says that the level of fatalities and the number of fatal collisions are on course to be the lowest ever recorded in the county.
The six deaths mark a significant decrease over the last decade and contrast sharply with recent years. Figures from the Road Safety Authority for the last decade show the number of deaths reached a peak in 2004 with 29 deaths. Since then the figures have been on a downward trend. They dropped to 14 in 2009 but jumped to 19 last year when eight people were killed in the one accident in Inishowen.
The decrease in figures is linked to a range of factors, including the new speed camera network, a change in drink driving habits and the curbing of the boy racer culture caused by the economic downturn. It is felt education and initiatives such as the Road Safety Road Show