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Monday 25 September 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Road Safety

This month
September 2023
'Personal responsibility' the focus of new RSA campaign to eliminate road deaths by 2050
So far this year, 130 people have died on Irish roads – 25 more than the same period in 2022 and 36 more than the same period in 2019.
Shock road safety adverts of the past weren't liked — but they were effective, says Taoiseach
‘We’ve gone backwards in terms of road safety,’ the Taoiseach said today.
Speed limits to be lowered by 20 km/h on many roads under new government plans
The plans come following a significant spike in road deaths this year.
Ministers discuss changes to penalty points at meeting this evening
Jack Chambers said the “anomaly” where drivers who commit multiple offences only receive penalty points for the most serious offence must be addressed.
Use of speed cameras to increase by 20% following 'worrying increase' in road deaths
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said an additional €1.2 million is to be allocated for GoSafe vans to provide extra monitoring.
127 vehicles found to be speeding in first five hours of National Slow Down Day
Gardaí said today’s awareness initiative has heightened ‘urgency and relevance’ following several tragic crashes in recent weeks.
Speed limits, checkpoints and shock tactics: How do we tackle rising road deaths
Ireland is on track to increase its annual road fatalities for the second year in a row.
Girl (3) who died following car accident in Laois to be laid to rest on Monday
Rosie McDonagh was struck by a car in Portlaoise on Wednesday afternoon.
Deaths on Irish roads this year could approach 170, erasing years of progress
Eight people died in three separate road traffic collisions since last Friday, including two 3-year-olds.
Gardaí make Electric Picnic appeal as road deaths for August reaches 25
The Garda chief from the roads policing bureau said that Gardaí are playing their part, but that it’s up to everyone to practice road safety.
Last month
August 2023
Review will 'radically change' mismatch of speed limits on Irish roads, says minister
A review into Ireland’s speed limits will be published in the ‘coming weeks, says Minister of State Jack Chambers.
This year
Motorists urged to be careful on roads this weekend after 11 Easter fatalities in recent years
Gardaí and the RSA issued a road safety appeal this weekend after there has been 11 fatalities during Easter Bank holiday collisions over the last five years.
'Don't get smashed up': Surgeon encourages bikers to get training from motorbike gardaí
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has officially launched the BikeSafe programme, which aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries among motorcyclists.
Almost 200 people arrested for driving under the influence during St Patrick's weekend
In excess of 1,800 drivers were detected driving in excess of the applicable speed limit.
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.
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.
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
173 people arrested for driving under the influence over the last week
To date this year, 157 have lost their lives on Irish roads.
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.
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.
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.
Fines for range of road offences have doubled since midnight
The death toll on Irish roads this year stands at 122 people.
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.
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.
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.
Appeal for witnesses after death of pedestrian in Mayo road collision
The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning.
Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal Kerry road crash
Two passengers who were injured are being treated at University Hospital Kerry.
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.
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.
Gardaí, RSA ask motorists to exercise caution on bank holiday weekend
Gardai said that all incidents remain under investigation.
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 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”.
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.
Fines for parking on footpaths, cycle and bus lanes increased
The fines will increase from €40 to €80 in the new plan.
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
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.
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.
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.