Decrease in number of road deaths in 2012

Published 01/01/2013 | 11:44

' CARLOW ALONG with other counties in the South East experienced a reduction in the number of deaths on the road last year.

Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan, South Eastern Region, noted that 22 people have lost their lives on roads in counties Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary in 2012.

'While this figure represents a reduction of six on 2011, the reduction is little consolation to the families who have had loved ones killed during the year,' he said.

' The success in reducing the number of fatal and serious injury collisions has not been achieved easily and first and foremost I wish to express my thanks to the public who have played a major part in achieving this.'

Wexford experienced the highest number of fatal collisions last year as nine people died on roads in the county, an increase of five fatalities.

'It is worth noting that 86% of the fatalities were passengers or drivers and 75% of the collisions took place in zones where the speed limit was 80 Km/h or less. Males represent 64% of the road deaths and those aged 14 to 28 amounted to 30% of all road deaths.

'Our Christmas enforcement campaign started on November 26 and will run day and night until January 6. This will involve all Garda District and Divisional personnel across the Region and will, in particular, target offences such as drink driving, speeding, non use of seatbelts, and use of mobile phones. These are the key lifesaver offences that save lives. We will be making smarter use of all our available resources, utilising them in a targeted way.

'Driver fatigue in this day and age must be borne in mind as a contributory factor in collisions and also, walkers and cyclists must wear highly visible clothing when on public roads.'

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