Number of road deaths up 4pc last year to 148
Transport Minister Shane Ross has vowed to press ahead with road safety measures after a 4pc rise in road deaths last year.
Provisional statistics from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show, as of 1pm yesterday, a total of 148 people died on the country's roads in 2019 as a result of 137 crashes.
This is compared with 142 lives lost in 2018, the safest recorded year on Irish roads.
While pedestrian deaths were down by more than a third and the number of passengers killed down by a fifth, the RSA said there was a "worrying" 45pc increase in the number of driver deaths compared with 2018.
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Commenting on the fatalities, Mr Ross offered his condolences to the families of those who died, adding: "The only way to respond to these needless deaths and injuries on our roads is through action, not words.
"While families and friends grieve the loss of their loved one, we must as a society all respond with deeds to prevent it happening to others.
"This means the Government and its agencies continuing to implement life-saving measures contained in the road safety strategy.
"It also means individually, as ordinary road users, that we need to take greater responsibility for our actions when using the road."
He urged motorists to slow down and not drink and drive.