19 July 2017

Road deaths down, but cyclist fatalities rise

Overall road deaths are down, but the number of cyclists killed in traffic incidents so far this year has doubled to 10 compared to the same period in 2016, writes Brian Byrne.

The provisional figures for road fatalities for the first half of the year by RSA/Garda indicate a total of 77 deaths, among them 34 drivers of vehicles, 11 passengers and 16 pedestrians. Six motorcyclists have died.

The report projects that a further 78 people could die on Ireland's roads to the end of the year.

Of the 34 drivers killed, 29 were male and five were not wearing a seatbelt. Over half of fatalities happened from Saturday to Monday in 2017 and one third of fatalities occurred between 4pm-8pm.