Traffic fatalities at record low
THE number of people killed on the roads has fallen by almost half in just a decade. Deaths have fallen for the sixth consecutive year, and 2011 was the fourth year in succession where they have been at a record low.
Figures released by the RSA last night also show:
- In 2001, there were 411 fatalities; this fell to 186 last year.
- There has been a substantial drop in the number of collisions, which fell 13 to 172 between 2010 and 2011.
- Average deaths per month are falling, from 20 in 2009 to 16 last year.
- Drivers were most likely to die, with 82 killed last year -- 44pc of all fatalities.
- They were followed by pedestrians (45), passengers (33), motorcyclists (17) and cyclists (9).
- The biggest reduction was in passenger fatalities, down 22. Deaths among cyclists rose by four.
- 131 men (70pc) and 55 women were killed. Most were aged between 16 and 30 years (43pc). Almost half of all deaths occurred at weekends.
- The safest month was April when nine deaths occurred. Between 4pm and 6pm were the most dangerous times, with 29 deaths.