Driver fatalities in Louth in 2018 among the highest in Ireland
There have been four road fatalities on roads in Louth in the first six months of 2018. This is according to figures released recently by the Road Safety Authority(RSA).
This is the higher than the numbers recorded in neighbouring counties, including Meath and Cavan, where two road fatalities occurred in both and Monaghan, where one fatality occurred.
The four road fatalities in Louth were all driver fatalities. Along with Cork and Tipperary, Louth had the highest number of driver fatalities in the country.
Nationwide, as of 30 June 2018, there have been 73 fatal collisions, which have resulted in 78 fatalities on Irish roads.
Some of the nationwide figures compiled for the first six months of 2018, reveal some concerning statistics.
The 78 fatalities in the first six months of 2018 represents an increase of 3% on fatalities over the same period in 2017.
Deaths have increased among road drivers across the State, with 39 driver fatalities representing an increase of seven on the year before.
There has also been a smaller increase in passenger and pedestrian fatalities, with each recording one more than the first six months of 2017.
With regards to cyclists and motorcyclists, there has actually been a decrease in fatalities on the same period last year.
Four pedal cyclists died on Irish roads in the first half of this year and three motorcyclists. This compares to ten pedal cyclists and six motorcyclists last year.
Some other revealing information in the RSA report includes the fact that Sunday is the day of the week that had the highest number of fatalities (16), followed by Friday (14).
Six pedal cyclists have died on Irish roads in the first six months of 2018, this is four fewer than the same period last year. Three motorcyclists have been killed in the first half of this year, this is half the number killed in the first six months of 2017.
The data in this report is based on preliminary reports from An Garda Síochána. It does not include identification of culpable parties or contributory factors.
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