492 die on Ireland’s roads in 2006

In 2006, 492 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads: 367 in the south and 125 in the north. In both jurisdictions, the figure represented a decrease on the previous year, with the total fatalities down 39 from 2005.

In fact, the casualty list was the lowest for 30 years in the north and 2nd lowest in 40 years south of the border, indicating that there is definitely an improvement in how this crucial issue is being addressed across the country.

. But that will matter little to the families and friends of the bereaved. RTE has been running an excellent website dedicated to reporting Road Safety matters (the above link on the south will take you there), including a report of an interview with the Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, Noel Brett, which revealed these grim- but unsurprising- figures: of the fatally injured in the 26 counties, 70% were men, 50% under 30 and 33% in their 20s

  • Aaron McDaid

    I’m sick of the incomplete statistics from these road ‘safety’ bureaucrats. So what if 33% of those fatally injured were in their 20s? Maybe 33% of those driving were in their 20s? And also, being killed in an accident doesn’t mean it’s your fault.

    None of the stats we are subjected to every now and then contradict the hypothesis that young drunk drivers are actually the best drivers. It’s not a hypothesis I hold, but it’s unfortunate that the most publicised stats do not correspond in any way with the hypotheses which the government are trying to put into our minds.

    e.g. It’s no good telling us that speed is a factor in x% of accidents without at least telling us what percentage of those involved breaking the actual speed limit. If people drive around windy country roads too fast, but within the speed limit, then speed cameras are irrelevant to that group of accidents.

    So please, Noel Brett, give us some actual information for a change, not soundbites that would make a professional statistician’s blood boil.

    PS: I’m not denying that drink or young age is a genuine risk factor, I’m just angry with the fact that we rarely, if ever, see stats to back that up.

  • George

    How many of those under 30 were driving crap older cars that lower your chances of surviving a crash considerably?

  • Sean MacCloskey

    The key factor is how many pedestrians are killed by these wayward drivers, not the damage they do to themselves or their vehicles!

  • Glensman

    im with george, young people can only afford small low spec cars with fewer safety features. I don’t see the government trying to help young people insure safer cars. I’m 20… wouldn’t mind at least 1 airbag.

  • 2050

    I’m with Aaron, A detailed statistical breakdown of the figures is required to understand and analyses this slaughter.

    Would be useful to know the following stats collectively;

    Times and which weekday of the accidents,
    The age of driver and sex of driver,
    Was drink or drugs a factor,
    Was tiredness a factor?
    Speeds involved?,
    Weather conditions?,
    The class or type of road,
    Location of accidents,
    Types of vehicles involved and their condition, tyres, brakes etc

    All off this is in police and witness reports and someone must be correlating it.

    Where can we get this information?