Deaths and injuries on Irish roads 2015

Last year (2015) saw the lowest number of road deaths (166) since 2012 (162).

 

 

In 2015, Dublin (17) and Cork (16) had the highest record of road fatalities. Roscommon and Waterford had no road fatalities.

In the period January - December 2015 there were 159 fatal collisions resulting in 166 fatalities on Irish roads.  Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 14% reduction in road fatalities nationally. This represents 20 (11%) fewer collisions and 27 (14%) less deaths compared to provisional Garda data for the same period in 2014.

This reduction was driven by decreases in the number of deaths in Dublin (down from 29 to 17) and Tipperary (down from 16 to 4).  The largest increases between 2014 and 2015 were seen in Galway (+7) and Wexford (+5).

The highest number of Car User deaths occurred in Cork (10) and Wexford (8) followed by Donegal, Kildare and Meath where 7 vehicle users lost their lives in each county.  The highest number of Pedestrian deaths occurred in Mayo (6) followed by Dublin (5).  The highest number of Motorcyclist deaths happened in Dublin (5), Wicklow (3) and Kerry (3).  Finally the highest number of pedal cyclist deaths occurred in Cork, Donegal and Kerry where 2 cyclists lost their lives in each county.

Reductions in the number of road fatalities were observed in most road user categories, however, the number of drivers stayed the same.  Driver and passenger fatalities represent just over three in every five fatalities (62%) in 2015, and vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists) represent almost two in five (38%).  The greatest change in profile observed was a 31% decline in passenger fatalities (down from 39 to 27).  This represents a net decline in vehicle occupant fatalities (drivers and passengers) of 10% (115 to 103) between 2014 and 2015.  There was an overall 19% reduction among vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists, and pedal cyclists) 2015 with the most notable decrease evident among pedestrians. 

  • Of the 166 fatalities, there were 76 Drivers killed, 27 Passengers, 32 Pedestrians, 22 Motorcyclists and 9 Pedal Cyclists.
  • The highest number of fatalities on our roads were among those aged 16-25 (45) and 66+ (31).
  • There was a significant decrease in passenger fatalities from 2014 to 2015 (down from 39 to 27). Driver fatalities remained at 76 fatalities for both years.
  • 130 of those killed were male (78%).
  • There was a high incident of ‘no seatbelt’ as a factor in fatal collisions (29%) in known cases.
  • There was an increase in fatalities on the age groups of 16-25 (up from 35 to 45) and also 56-65 (up from 17 to 23).
  • Sunday was the most dangerous day on Irish roads in 2015, with a total of 32 lives lost. There was also a weekday peak on Tuesday (28).
  • The highest number of fatalities in 2015 occurred between 10am and 12pm (20) and 4pm and 6pm (19).

Table: Figures for fatalities in 2014 & 2015 by county

County

2014 2015
Carlow 5 4
Cavan 1 3
Clare 4 2
Cork 19 16
Donegal 9 11
Dublin 29 17
Galway 5 12
Kerry 14 8
Kildare 4 9
Kilkenny 3 2
Laois 7 4
Leitrim 1 3
Limerick 11 4
Longford 4 5
Louth 6 7
Mayo 12 13
Meath 5 8
Monaghan 8 5
Offaly 2 4
Roscommon 6 0
Sligo 1 2
Tipperary 16 4
Waterford 4 0
Westmeath 6 6
Wexford 4 9
Wicklow 7 8
Total 193 166
Note: Figures are provisional