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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Road Safety

This month
March 2023
# driving for change
Physical driving licence could become 'history' as EU proposes digital option
This digital licence is expected to allow drivers to replace, renew or exchange a licence easier.
Last month
February 2023
# Road Safety
18 lives lost: Highest January death toll on Irish roads in a decade
A total of 156 people died on Irish roads last year.
Almost 50k Learner drivers to wait 19 weeks for a test, says RSA
The national average waiting time for a driving test is currently 19 weeks, almost double the RSA’s target.
This year
# Road Safety
745 people arrested for driving under the influence over the last month
4,829 road traffic collisions were reported to An Garda Síochána last month.
Last year
# Road Safety
173 people arrested for driving under the influence over the last week
To date this year, 157 have lost their lives on Irish roads.
# Road Safety
Motorist caught driving 135km/h in 80km/h zone on National Slow Down Day
In the first five hours of National Slow Down Day, 270 drivers were caught speeding.
Opinion: In a cold snap our footpaths and cycle lanes should also be gritted by councils
Dr Emma Howard says councils should prioritise the gritting of walkways and cycle lanes as we face a climate crisis.
# Road Safety
144 people arrested for driving under the influence during first week of December
To date this year, 148 people have lost their lives on Irish roads.
# road safety appeal
New roadside drug testing system launched as part of Christmas and New Year road safety appeal
It works like an antigen test and delivers results in 2-8 minutes.
# Speeding
Fines for range of road offences have doubled since midnight
The death toll on Irish roads this year stands at 122 people.
# Road Safety
Parents urged not to gift quad bikes or scramblers to children this Christmas
38% of those injured in quad or scrambler incidents between 2017 and 2021 were aged 18 or under.
# Road Safety
Almost 3,000 drivers detected speeding over Bank Holiday weekend, new figures show
173 arrests being made for alleged instances of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the course of the weekend.
# August
Public urged to be mindful of fire, water and road safety on bank holiday weekend
Summer bank holidays tend to the most dangerous for preventable deaths as people take to beaches or road trips.
# Achill
Appeal for witnesses after death of pedestrian in Mayo road collision
The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning.
# Listowel
Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal Kerry road crash
Two passengers who were injured are being treated at University Hospital Kerry.
# 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
182 arrests over Bank Holiday weekend for driving under influence of drugs or alcohol
Eight people died in fatal road collisions, according to new figures from the gardaí.
# Road Safety
Gardaí, RSA ask motorists to exercise caution on bank holiday weekend
Gardai said that all incidents remain under investigation.
# slow down
Gardaí clamp down on speeding ahead of bank holiday weekend with 24-hour enforcement campaign
Gardai revealed that on their weekend observations, 93% of cars broke the speed limit.
# Road Safety
Road safety chief warns 'concerning trend' in road deaths could lead to higher fines
At an RSA event today, Waide said that an increase in fines and penalty points this year isn’t “ruled out”.
# drive safe
Motorists urged to slow down and take extra care ahead of long bank holiday weekend
The RSA and An Garda Síochána are appealing for all road users to act responsibly and not to drink and drive.
# Active travel
Fines for parking on footpaths, cycle and bus lanes increased
The fines will increase from €40 to €80 in the new plan.
# Road Safety
2021 saw lowest number of road fatalities since recording began in 1959
There was an 11% drop in road deaths in 2021 compared to 2020.
All time
# 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.
# Road Safety
New road safety strategy that seeks to halve deaths on Irish roads by 2030 launched
A working group will be established to examine speed limits, particularly a 30km/h speed limit in urban areas.
# Road Safety
Gardaí catch 316 motorists speeding during first eleven hours of National Slow Down Day
Gardaí will particularly be focusing on rural roads throughout the day.
# Road Safety
'Get a grip': Motorists being urged to check tyres to ensure they are roadworthy
It’s Tyre Safety Day tomorrow.
# Road Safety
Priest warns of risks on roads as groom killed in wedding day crash laid to rest
Myles “Miley” Harty died in a single car crash on the morning of his wedding, last Saturday.
# Roscrea
Child in critical condition after car crash in Tipperary
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
# Roscommon
Man (20s) dies in single vehicle crash in Roscommon
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
# Road Safety
1-in-4 drivers may have been over limit the morning after a night out
A quarter of people surveyed by the Road Safety Authority said that they may have been over the legal drink-driving limit while driving the morning after a night out.
# the road back
More drug-driving than drink-driving incidents over lockdown, say gardaí
Focus has turned to road safety as drivers get back on the road post-lockdown and the new ‘The Road Back’ campaign is launched.
# Driving Test
RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre
The RSA launched a new online portal in December.
# bicycle blackspots
The good, the bad and the useless: How bike infrastructure has changed in the era of Covid
A surge in cycling happened during the pandemic but new infrastructure was not evenly spread and may not be here to stay.
# 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.
# 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.
# Road Safety
Vehicles seized from unaccompanied learner drivers over 5,000 times since Clancy Amendment enacted
The Clancy Amendment was introduced following a campaign from Noel Clancy, whose wife and daughter were killed in a road accident.
# Hard Hitting
Anti-Covid ads: HSE says fear factor advertising may provoke 'defensive' response from viewers
Heading into a period of reduced restrictions next month, Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins said Covid adverts need to become hard hitting.
# Road Safety
'A changed landscape': Drivers warned to be cautious as more children cycling and walking to school
“We must all play our part in getting children back to school safely,” RSA chairperson Liz O’Donnell said.