High rate of road deaths in Louth

New data from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) shows that Co Louth had the second highest rate of road deaths in the North East in 2010.

New data from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) shows that Co Louth had the second highest rate of road deaths in the North East in 2010.

Eight people died in fatal collisions in the Wee County in 2010, three more than the five people who died in 2009. The highest number of road deaths in the North East occurred in Co Cavan where 11 people lost their lives.

Neighbouring Co Meath saw six die in road traffic accidents in 2010, down from 12 in 2009 when it had the highest road death rate in the North East.

The lowest number of road deaths occurred in Co Monaghan where three people lost their lives in 2010, down from five in 2009.

Meanwhile, penalty point statistics for November 2011 reveal that 13,384 penalty points had been issued to drivers in Co Louth.

The most common offence was speeding with 10,610 penalty points issued to drivers for breaking the speed limit. Driving while holding a mobile phone was the second most common offence with 1,310 points allocated to motorists.

The third most common offence was failure to obey traffic lights which has resulted in 322 penalty points. The majority of drivers with penalty points (8,627) have acquired two points.

Just one driver had 12 points, the maximum number which leads to a driver being put off the road.