Tipperary recorded the fifth highest road death rate in 2013, while 84 people have been killed since 2007, according to a recent Road Safety Authority (RSA) report,
Twelve people died on Tipperary roads last year with eight car users, one HGV driver and two motorcyclists among the fatalities. One unknown category of road user also died.
But tragically since 2007, 56 drivers, six HGV drivers, nine motorcyclists, two cyclists, and nine pedestrians died on our county’s roads. Two additional fatalities were recorded where the road-user category was unknown.
Nationally, last year saw the first year-on-year increase in the number of road deaths in Ireland for the first time since 2005. One hundred and ninety people were killed, compared to 162 in 2012, representing a 17% rise. This increase nationally was driven by a rise in the numbers of deaths in Tipperary, up from four to 12, as well as increases in other counties, Kildare (up from one to 15), Kerry (up from seven to 13) and Dublin (up from 12 to 19).
However despite these statistics, there was a 33% reduction in the overall number of road fatalities in Tipperary since 2007, according to the RSA report. But this is still greater than the national trend which saw a 44% reduction in fatalities in the same period.
Commenting on the report’s findings, Moyagh Murdock, RSA chief executive said every community, town and county in Ireland must accept greater responsibility by becoming ‘custodians and champions for safety on the road’.
“We can all make a huge difference when we make road safety a priority and work together to effect real change,” she said. Clare and Louth recorded the biggest decrease in road deaths between 2007 and 2013 while Kildare and Monaghan are the only counties where fatalities increased. Reductions in deaths were observed in all user categories, with the highest reduction in pedal cycle (67%), goods vehicle (66%) and pedestrian (62%) casualties. The highest number of car user deaths last year was in Cork (14), followed by Donegal, Kerry and Kildare where nine car users lost their lives.