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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Road Safety Authority

This year
# emergency alert
RSA says people travelling near the Border should 'not be startled' over UK's new alert system
The UK is testing its new emergency message system this Sunday for use in extreme weather events.
# ice warning
New nationwide status yellow ice warning to come into effect at 4pm
Met Éireann warns that icy stretches, and possible black ice in parts, will lead to hazardous travelling conditions.
# Road Safety Authority
Driving testers raised concerns after RSA allowed cars without valid NCT to be used for test
An RSA spokesperson said that there is a responsibility on motorists to ensure their car is always roadworthy.
Road deaths in Ireland increased by 13% last year
The number of pedestrian deaths more than doubled.
Last year
RSA says GDPR limited the level of road crash data it could publish, as questions raised in Dáil
The RSA says this is due to the fact that ‘the data must be treated as personal data in order to comply with GDPR demands’.
# Road Safety
Almost one in four motorists check their phone notifications while driving
New research by the Road Safety Authority also found that 13% of drivers write messages or emails while behind the wheel.
# Road Safety Authority
Over half of child car seats found to be incorrectly fitted, Road Safety Authority says
The RSA has launched a new voluntary code of practice to assist child car seat retailers and consumers in response to its findings.
# hauliers
Road safety fears raised over relaxation of lorry driver resting time rules
“I am not aware of any scientific evidence that supports this move” a Sinn Féin spokesperson said.
# Drunk Driving
Gardaí arrested 914 people for driving while intoxicated during Christmas period
914 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated as part of a Garda road safety campaign between the 26th of November and the 4th of January 2022.
# covid absences
Changes to HGV driving and resting time brought in due to driver shortages
The derogation will see the maximum hours for HGV drivers increased to 112 hours in a two week period.
All time
# Road Deaths
'We've lost the equivalent of a month's worth of lives in two days': RSA issues safety warning
Seven people died on roads in the Republic and Northern Ireland today and yesterday.
# Penalty Points
Over 540,000 people had points on their licences this year - a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 540,174 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2021.
# RSA warning
Road users urged to 'be safe, be seen' on shortest day of the year tomorrow
Gardaí have warned drivers to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy by checking their tyres and lights.
# Gardaí
Number of people killed on Irish roads dropped by 12% in first half of 2021
Garda figures showed 82% of deaths occurred on rural roads with a speed limit of 80kmh or higher.
# treacherous roads
RSA warns of hazardous driving conditions and 'greasy' roads in coming days
The warning comes ahead of an end to the recent dry spell.
# heavy traffic
Almost a quarter of a million people are now waiting to sit a driving practical or a theory test
The figures show 105,216 are awaiting the driving test, while 119,253 are waiting for a theory test.
# Diplomatic Immunity
Foreign diplomats have avoided prosecution for road traffic offences 12 times in the last two years
The diplomats were nabbed by gardaí across the country but granted immunity from prosecution.
Niall O'Connor's report looks at the amount of times diplomats have escaped traffic fines by using their diplomatic immunity.
The foreign embassy staff members were nabbed by gardaí across the country but granted immunity from prosecution.
According to documents obtained by The Journal, the Department of Foreign Affairs were notified 17 times either by gardaí or by embassies.
# Road Safety Authority
Drug-driving incidents jump 11% this year despite Covid-19 lockdown
Authorities warn motorists of the dangers of drug driving ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.
# reputational risk
Learners could face higher insurance costs over growing waiting lists for driving tests, RSA report says
The Road Safety Authority also warned of “reputational risk” for themselves and the Department of Transport over the long waiting lists.
# snow storm
RSA 'categorically rejects' criticism after driving tests cancelled due to cold weather
484 tests were cancelled for weather-related reasons last week.
RSA confirms plans to allow you sit your car theory test online within a 'number of months'
A minister has said that the pandemic has had a “profound effect” on theory testing services leading to a large backlog.
# Driving Test
RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre
The RSA launched a new online portal in December.
# Road Safety
Road Safety Authority reports 149 deaths on Irish roads in 2020
There was a 25% reduction in the number of serious or minor injuries in 2020.
# Road Safety
90% of Irish motorists disqualified by a court in 2020 have not surrendered their licences
The figure was revealed in response to a Parliamentary Question last month.
# On The Road
Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2020
Here’s how drivers fared at each centre across the country this year.
# Road Safety
Gardaí catch 532 motorists speeding during first nine hours of National Slow Down Day
The detection was made as part of National Slow Down Day.
# direct provision
Ban on learner driver permits for asylum seekers not discrimination, court rules
The ruling overturns a previous finding in favour of people living in direct
# Covid-19
Drivers urged to slow down as more cyclists and pedestrians are on the roads
Roads around Ireland are getting busier as Covid-19 restrictions start to ease.
# Road Safety
Concern over speeding drivers and pedestrian deaths during Covid-19 restrictions
Six pedestrians have been killed on Irish roads since the schools were closed in the middle of March.
# Road Safety Authority
Call for better cycling infrastructure after research shows 4 in 5 cyclist injuries happen in urban areas
The Road Safety Authority also wants a greater roll-out of 30km/h limits in urban areas.
# Road Safety
Motorists urged to reduce speed after seven people died on Irish roads last weekend
Garda superintendent Eddie Golden appealed for people to “have a positive contribution to road safety”.
# Cyclist
Ireland had the highest rate of increase in cyclist deaths in the EU over 10 years
Between 2010 and 2018, cyclist deaths across the EU fell on average by 0.4% annually. In Ireland, this figure was an 8% increase.
# driver theory test
Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator
The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.
# Road Safety Authority
45% increase in number of driver deaths on Irish roads in 2019
A total of 148 people died on Irish roads last year, according to provisional figures.
# road injury
Over 3,500 people were seriously injured on Irish roads in four-year period
Nearly one-third of serious injury collisions took place in Dublin
# verona murphy
'She's completely wrong': Transport minister blasts Fine Gael candidate over call to scrap RSA
Verona Murphy has clashed with the RSA in her role with the Irish Road Hauliers’ Association.
# Road Safety
Almost 90% of motorists disqualified this year have not surrendered their licences
The figure is the lowest rate in the past five years.
# Your Say
Poll: Should newly qualified young motorists be banned from driving at night?
It follows the proposed introduction of a similar ban in the UK.
Gardaí warn of 'dramatic growth' in drug driving
The warning comes ahead of the October Bank Holiday weekend.
# Drug Testing
Two-thirds of drug drivers test positive for cannabis at roadside tests
Cocaine was the second main illicit drug detected in tests.