Road deaths decreased in Louth in 2013, despite a rise in the national numbers.
Nationally the death toll on the roads has climbed above 180 for the year, a three year high.
So far this year, four people have been killed on Louth’s roads, three less than at this time in 2012.
Speaking at his Constituency office in Co. Mayo, MEP Higgins said that he was delighted with the improvement, and praised the public for their efforts: “There is only so much that the Gardai can do - it takes a public effort to keep these figures dropping. I want to thank all of the motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in Louth who have played their part this year in making our roads safer for everyone.”
However, national figures illustrate a more worrying trend. 175 people have died on Ireland’s roads to date in 2013, up from 153 at this time last year, and surpassing 2012’s total of 161.
Mr. Higgins said these figures were “extremely worrying” and called on the public and the RSA to keep working to reverse the trend.
Since the RSA was established in 2006, road death figures have been falling year on year.