The Garda Siochana say that they have seen a degree in the number of fatalities on Irish roads in the first four months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 and they put this down to the fact that fewer people are traveling due to the COVID-19 related lockdowns and level 5 travel restrictions.
In January 2021, there were six fatalities on Irish roads compared to nine during the same period in 2020. In the opening four months of 2020, there were a total of 53 deaths on Irish roads compared to 44 during the opening four months of 2021.
The table above shows the number percentage of fatalities on Irish roads in the first four months of 2021. In 2020, there were a total of 40 fatalities on the road compared to 53 during the same period in 2021.
Speaking to me about this topic last month, Inspector Pat Dowd of the Garda Roads Policing Unit in Dublin Castle said that when it comes to road safety it is all about education and training people at a early age that the speed limit is not a target to aim for but that it is set and should be adhered to and that it is important that the public realise that the Gardai are there to ensure that road safety standards are upheld and that the rules of the road are followed to the letter.
Inspector Dowd concluded by saying that if the Gardai work with manufacturers they would be able to determine the main causes of road accidents and this would further decrease the number of fatalities on the road.