Friday 15 December 2017

These counties have Ireland's most dangerous roads, new study shows

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Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

The Gardaí and RSA have urged people to take extra care on Irish roads this bank holiday weekend following a week with nine road deaths. But which counties have the most dangerous roads?

Cork and Dublin have the highest number of deaths, but new research has shown that there are other candidates for the most dangerous roads.

When the number of cars on the road is taken into account, Longford is highest at 2.19 fatalities per 10,000 cars on the road and Monaghan is second at 1.4 per 10,000.

They also rank highest in fatalities per 300km, which is important to consider since longer roads pose a higher risk for accidents.

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Researchers at Idiro Analytics argue that this means that Longford and Monaghan have the most dangerous roads.

In simple terms, these numbers mean that an individual driver in Monaghan or Longford has a higher chance of dying in an accident than a driver in Dublin or Cork.

The researchers examined data on the quality of Irish roads collected in 2011 and 2012 and noted that although Longford and Monaghan were low on the lists of counties needing road reconstruction or surface restoration, they are the number one and two on the list of counties whose roads need resealing and restoration of skid resistance.

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Idiro Analytics have urged drivers in Longford and Monaghan to take extra care with their speed on these roads.

“Per km the roads in both Co Longford & Co Monaghan pose a greater risk and extra care needs to be taken. Therefore, be careful out on the roads this weekend & especially so in Cos Longford & Monaghan.”

The overall number of fatalities this year is higher than at the same point last year, but the overall trend over the last 20 years is positive.

“The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have issued statements about taking extra care on the roads this weekend. And by looking at the numbers over the last 20 years, it's clear the RSA are succeeding in their goal to make our roads safer.

“Even though the number of fatalities this year is higher than the same time period in 2015, the overall trend is that our roads are becoming safer,” the researchers said.

The RSA could not be reached for comment on a weekend.

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