THE number of people killed on the roads so far this year has reached 17, almost double the rate who died in the same period in 2012.
A 27-year old woman has become the latest fatal road collision victim, with Gardai in Cork investigating a single-vehicle smash which occurred at Donoughmore early this morning.
The victim, who has not been named, was travelling with a male companion when their car went out of control at 1am.
She was taken to Cork University Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The 29-year old male was injured, and the road is currently closed and being examined by Garda forensic collision investigators.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Macroom Garda Station on 026-20590, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda station.
Separately, Gardaí at Ronanstown are investigating a two vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the M50 northbound at Junction 7 (N4/Lucan exit) at 10.30pm last night.
An 80 year old woman was killed in the smash. She was the only occupant, while a male driver of a van was injured.
The section of the M50 was closed for investigation, but has since reopened. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda station on 01 6667700.
The overnight fatals bring to 17 the number of people killed on the roads so far this year. This compares with nine during the same period of 2012.
Most (11) have been drivers, followed by pedestrians (4) and one passenger and one motorcyclist.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has advised road users to take particular care today as strong winds and coastal flooding are expected to hit the country, particularly along the Atlantic coast.
Gusts of up to 120kph are expected, and a combination of high tides, storm surges and winds may result in localised flooding.