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Road deaths up by 23% compared to the same time last year

The Road Safety Authority said they are alarmed and concerned about the figures.

THIRTY PEOPLE HAVE died on our roads so far this year, significantly more than the 23 people who lost their lives on Irish roads in January and February 2012.

The past seven days have been particularly bad with a cluster of road-related deaths across the country.

Noel Brett, CEO with the Road Safety Authority told that they are alarmed and concerned about the figures:

The last 10 days have been horrendous. It’s been a bad January followed by a bad February.

However, Brett said that sometimes these clusters can happen without any explanation or a particular pattern.

He added that they were in discussion with the gardaí to see if there was anything that could be done and has this message for road users:

Every single person who uses the roads are at risk – irrespective of age.

We are asking all road users to reflect on what has happened and to take personal responsibility on the roads, whether they are a pedestrian, cyclist or driving a car.

Ireland is currently the sixth safest country in Europe to drive in and road deaths in Ireland fell 57 per cent between 2007 and 2012. The RSA CEO added that with 2.6 million road users, there will be peaks.

Read: Cavan was the only county to record an increase in road fatalities from 2007 to 2012 >

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