We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Eamonn Farrell/

Road deaths for 2015 are the second lowest since records began

165 people died on Irish roads compared to 193 in 2014.

THE NUMBER OF people who died on Irish roads in 2015 was 165, a 15% drop from 2014, the first year figures have declined since 2013.

Figures published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show how 2015 saw 158 fatal collisions, resulting in 165 deaths on Irish roads. This meant there were 21 fewer fatal collisions and 28 fewer deaths compared to 2014.

This makes 2015 the second safest year since records began in 1959; the safest year was 2012 when 162 lives were lost. 2013 saw 188 lives lost and 2014 saw that figure increase to 193.

On average, there were 14 deaths every month in 2015, compared to 16 in 2014, while July and December had the highest number with 20 road deaths.

RSA fatalities 2015 marked the first decline in road deaths since 2016. RSA RSA

Other noticeable findings from the RSA’s report include:

  • Of those who died on Irish roads, 75 were drivers, 27 were passengers, 32 were pedestrians, 22 were motorcyclists, and nine were cyclists. The biggest reduction was among passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
  • 129 (78%) of those were male while 36 (22%) were female.
  • No seatbelt was worn in 29% of driver and passenger deaths. 20 of the 75 drivers who died (27%) were not wearing seatbelts.
  • Compared to last year, there were more deaths among those aged between 16 – 25 and 56 – 65.
  • There was a significant reduction in the number of child fatalities (15 years and younger) in 2015 (3) compared to 2014 (15).
  • The most dangerous times on the road were 10am – 12pm and  4pm – 6pm.
  • The majority of driver fatalities occurred on rural roads, in particular those with a speed limit of 80km/h and 100km/h.

RSA death by road user The breakdown of deaths by road user type. RSA RSA

Commenting on the figures, the chairperson of the RSA Liz O’Donnell said it was difficult to call 2015 a success but said that progress was being made.

It’s difficult to describe 2015 as a success when 165 people lost their lives on the roads … But the number of people being killed on the road is the only way we can measure success or failure and it’s important that people know progress is being made and their efforts are making a difference.

The focus for the RSA in 2016 will be on driver distractions like phone use while driving, the dangers of low-level speeding as well as drink driving and those drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.

Read: Cold and rainy… here’s what the New Year’s Day weather has in store for us >

Read: This is the one phrase you’ll hear over and over again during the election >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.