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Fridays from 2-4pm is worst on our roads


CLAIMS: Gay Byrne

CLAIMS: Gay Byrne

CLAIMS: Gay Byrne

THE afternoon time, between 2pm and 4pm, is the most dangerous time to be driving it has emerged, as records show a 260pc increase in the number of people killed on Irish roads.

The draft report from the Road Safety Authority (RSA), which is due for publication later this month, shows that Friday is now the most dangerous day to travel on Irish roads, with 36 killed on that day during 2013.

The mid-afternoon period was the most dangerous period on Irish roads with 26 deaths taking place, up from 10 in 2012.

Provisional RSA figures contained in a draft of its Review of Road Crashes 2013 show the numbers killed between 10am and midday also doubled.

The new statistics were revealed as a war of words erupted between Gay Byrne of the Road Safety Authority and Justice Minister Alan Shatter over cuts to Garda resources.


Mr Byrne said the RSA was deeply concerned about the high number of pedestrians, 31 in total, who were killed in 2013.

The report found that 10 of those were hit while crossing the road and half were over the age of 50. Almost one in five (17pc) weren't wearing a seatbelt. Mr Byrne lashed out at the Government's slashing of the budgets to the Garda Traffic division.

"The numbers in the Traffic division have been cut from 1,200 to 800. They don't have enough patrol cars, enough resources, they don't get enough sleep. As long as that shortfall continues, lives will be lost," Mr Byrne said.

Rejecting Mr Byrne's comments, a spokesperson for the Justice Minister said an "erroneous impression that the level of enforcement is such that people can now take chances with road safety" must not be created.

"Garda enforcement remains high and determined," the spokesperson added.

Overall, 190 people were killed on Irish roads throughout 2013, in 181 collisions.