Motorcycle safety

Motorcycle safety

The Road Safety Authority held their seventh Annual Academic Lecture, marking the first day of ‘Irish road Safety Week’ which ran until Sunday 9 October.  The theme of the lecture was ‘Motorcycle Safety’ and was attended by over 100 road safety stakeholders.

At the Lecture the fourth landmark Pre-Crash Report from the RSA was presented and it revealed that almost a third of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 had consumed alcohol. 983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads between 2008 and 2012, claiming the lives of 1,077 people.

The RSA analysed An Garda Síochána Forensic Collision Investigation reports for 867 collisions in order to determine what caused or contributed to the collisions. Of these 867 collisions, 93 collisions involved a motorcyclist and claimed the lives of 96 people. A further 7 people were seriously injured

Maggie Martin, Research and Policy Analyst for the RSA presented the findings from the Pre-crash report that was a result of analysis of Garda Forensic collision reports between 2008 and 2012.

View Mrs Martin’s presentation here

Dr Áine Carroll spoke to delegate at the lecture about the consequences of motorcycle collisions from a medical perspective, highlighting the types of injuries typically sustained by motorcyclists.

View Dr Carroll’s presentation here


Also speaking at the lecture was Dr Saskia de Craen, Researcher from SWOV Institute of Road Safety Research (Netherlands) presented the results of her research into the effectiveness of rider training. SWOV evaluated the ‘Risk’ one-day advanced training course at the Royal Dutch Motorcyclists Association over a two-year period from 2012 to 2014.

The results showed that the training had a positive effect on safe riding behaviour and hazard perception of motorcyclists in the short-term (the first few months after training). In the long-term, ‘Risk’ trained motorcyclists showed safer traffic behaviour than those without training.

View Dr De Craen’s Presentation here

Download Lecture Agenda here

The lecture was the first event of the 10th Annual ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which took place nationwide until Sunday 9 October.