7 January 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

RSA figures show lowest number of deaths nationally since records began

While the number of road fatalities recorded in Co Monaghan in 2021 was an increase on the previous year, the Road Safety Authority said this week that the number of deaths on the road nationally last year was the lowest annual figure since records began to be compiled in 1959. Five people lost their lives on the roads in Co Monaghan in 2021, compared to three fatalities recorded in 2020.

The five deaths recorded on Co Cavan roads last year was an increase of three on the 2020 figure. The RSA said that the provision road collision statistics showed that the number of road deaths in Ireland in 2021 dropped to a record low, making it the safest year since road deaths were first recorded in 1959. A media release continued: A total of 133 people died in 120 fatal road collisions in 2021 compared to 146 deaths in 135 fatal road collisions in 2020. This represents 13 fewer deaths or a 9% drop in road fatalities compared to last year.

The figures were published by the Road Safety Authority on Saturday January 1 2022, following an analysis of provisional fatal collision reports by An Garda Síochána. The figures also indicate that, while 18 pedestrians were killed in 2021, this is the lowest number of pedestrian deaths over the last 25 years (a breakdown by road users is only available since 1996).

There were increases in fatalities among both drivers (70, +9) and motorcyclists in 2021 (21, +4). Provisional figures for serious injuries indicate that 1,091 serious injuries were recorded up to December 21 2021 compared to 1,105 in 2020 Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD said: “It is very welcome news that there has been a reduction in the number of road deaths and serious injuries this year. I want to thank road users for making it a safer year, especially after 2020 was such a bad year for road safety. “However, I am conscious that this news will come as cold comfort to those who have been injured and the families left grieving the loss of a loved one. It reminds us that one death or serious injury is one too many. This is reflected in the ambition of the recently launched Government Road Safety Strategy 2021 to 2030, ‘Our Journey Towards Vision Zero’. It aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 50% over the next decade and achieve no deaths…..

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