According to the provisional figures from the Garda, 2017 saw the lowest number of road fatalities on Irish roads with 158 deaths, a drop of 15% from 2016.
This is the lowest number of road deaths in Ireland since recording started in 1959, according to the Road Safety Authority.
The Garda report states that 30 of those road deaths were pedestrians, 67 were drivers, a drop of 14 from the 2016 report, 26 were passengers, 19 motorcyclists and a rise of 50% from 2016, 15 of the deaths were pedal cyclists.
While this is “encouraging” news, “… our aim should be zero deaths on our roads.” says Transport Minister Shane Ross to the Irish Independent.
Ireland still has a long way to go achieving its targets set out in the Government Road Safety Strategy 2013 to 2020, which aims to reduce road deaths to 124 or less by 2020, which requires a further 22% from the 2017 figures over the next 3 years.
“All road users played a part in making this the safest year on record – but we can never be complacent and we can always do more to reduce road fatalities further. One road death is one too many.” said Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Garda National Roads Policing Unit to the Irish Independent.