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One third of drivers killed weren't wearing their seatbelt

A worrying finding from the RSA and gardaí today.

THE ROAD SAFETY Authority and Gardaí have warned that a further 100 people could lose their lives on Irish roads before the year’s over.

A review of road deaths for the first seven months of 2015 published today showed that Sunday was the worst day of the week for fatalities, compared to mid-week last year.

Most deaths happened in the afternoon and evening (4pm to 10pm).

The CEO of the RSA has also highlighted a worrying finding today – that over a third of drivers killed on the roads so far this year weren’t wearing their seatbelts.

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“Every time you think about taking a risk on the roads, remember that you have no idea who or what is up ahead or around the corner,” Moyagh Murdock said.

“Don’t spend a lifetime regretting one bad decision.”

She noted:

Of particular concern is the fact that of the 41 drivers and 16 passengers killed to date in 2015, 15 drivers and four passengers killed were reported as not wearing their seatbelt.

There was some good news amongst the figures:

  • Road deaths are down 19 per cent compared to last year (92 to 113).
  • Reductions in road deaths were most evident in road users under 15 (down 11). 
  • There was also a reduction among vehicle occupants (down 9)

However:

  • Younger and older drivers continue to remain a high risk group.
  • And the non-wearing of high visibility material is a concern for pedestrians, according to the Authority.

Geographically:

  • The highest number of driver fatalities was recorded in Cork (6).
  • Dublin recorded the highest number of ‘vulnerable road user’ fatalities with 7 lives lost between January and July.

Looking at the monthly breakdown:

  • April had the lowest number of monthly fatalities since November 2012 with 8 fatalities.
  • July was the most dangerous month, with 20 lives lost.

Transport minister Paschal Donohoe has welcomed the reduction in fatalities:

“In the first seven months of this year, there have been 21 fewer deaths on our roads. While any reduction in road fatalities is to be welcomed, the month just gone was the worst on our roads so far this year, so we cannot and must not become complacent. If I could ask just one thing of everyone, it is that every time you use the roads, you treat other road-users with respect and consideration. By sharing the road safely together, we can all play a role in saving lives.”

According to the RSA:

While one death is one too many, it is estimated that a further 100 people may die before the end of the year. However by taking greater responsibility and working together, all road users can prevent this chilling prediction from occurring.

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