A new report has revealed that since 2007, there has been a 33 per cent increase in the number of road fatalities in Monaghan.
According to the RSA, in 2013, Monaghan also ranked as the worst performing county in Ireland with the highest increase of fatalities. Monaghan and Kildare are the only counties where fatalities increased between 2007 and 2013.
The report, “2007 to 2013 road traffic deaths by user type and county”, highlights the increase in road fatalities in Monaghan between 2007-2013. Tragically since 2007, 15 drivers, 7 HGV drivers, 3 motorcyclists, 1 cyclist, and 9 pedestrians have been killed on roads in the county. Two additional fatalities occurred where the category of road user was unknown.
Speaking to the Monaghan Democrat, newly re-elected councillor Jackie Crowe says it’s an area that the new council will have to address.
“The bypass outside Carrickmacross has been a particularly dangerous stretch of road. I’ve even been in a near miss on the road when a driver nearly drive into me.
“The figures are frightening,” says Cllr Crowe. “Most fatalities have been due to speed. If there is some way we can get the word out to people to slow down and stick to the speed limits.
“We have to try and educate people, especially when they are in school.
“Drink is also a factor but I think people no longer tolerate people who drink drive.
“We are going to have to do something in the new council and the municipal districts and come up with way to the curb people’s speed. Whether it’s about more speed cameras or Gardaí, I don’t know.”