When the first government road-safety strategy was introduced back in 1998 there were 458 people killed in road crashes. Last year, 142 people died as a result of road trauma. It's still an unacceptable toll, but it does show that efforts to improve road safety have worked.
While drink driving or not wearing a seatbelt is no longer socially acceptable for the majority, it was surprising to note, in the latest RSA report, that alcohol remains such a significant factor in fatalities.
The study included an analysis of fatal and serious injury collisions during peak and off-peak hours. Off-peak crashes are defined as those taking place between 10pm and 6am.
The conclusions from the study were surprising.
It found that more than a quarter of all fatal and almost one-in-five of all serious injury collisions (2014-2018) occurred between 10pm and 6am, a time when traffic volumes are lower.
Source: Irish Independent, 6th november 2019