Monday 19 November 2018

Ten people killed on Louth roads during 2017 - report

Louth had the fourth highest number of road deaths in the country during 2017, new figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have revealed.

Ten people were killed on the roads in County Louth last year, up from seven in 2016 according to the latest figures in the Provisional Review of Fatal Collisions Report which was published by the RSA last week. Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 23, followed by Cork (14), Mayo (12) and Louth (10).

Commenting earlier this year on the number of road fatalities locally, Road Safety Officer for County Louth Adrian O'Sullivan said: 'Despite the number of fatalities on the country's roads showing a reduction nationally of almost 20% this year compared to last year, this unfortunately has not been the case in County Louth. 2017 has proven to be a bad year for road deaths in the county with 10 people having lost their lives already this year. I appeal to all road users to be cautious and extra vigilant every time they use the roads, particularly as we approach the winter months.'

The statistics also show that Louth had the highest number of driver fatalities in the country alongside Dublin, Meath, Mayo and Cork (five in each).

The report has been prepared following analysis of the fatality reports provided to the RSA by An Garda Siochana.

According to the report there has been a 15% drop nationally in road deaths in 2017 compared to 2016.

Drogheda Independent