Road deaths in Kilkenny fall by 53%

ROAD DEATHS in Kilkenny fell by 53% during the Government Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 when compared to the period of the previous strategy.

ROAD DEATHS in Kilkenny fell by 53% during the Government Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 when compared to the period of the previous strategy.

Road fatality figures released by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) today have revealed that there was a 53% reduction in road deaths in Kilkenny during the Government Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 when compared to the period of the previous strategy which ran from 2004 to 2006. These figures were announced today as the Road Safety Authority prepares to finalise the next Road Safety Strategy which will span an eight year period from 2013 to 2020.

162 people died on Irish roads in 2012, 24 fewer fatalities than the previous year when 186 people died and 51 fewer than 2010 when 212 people died on our roads. Between 2007 and 2012, the national average reduction in road deaths was 57% when compared to the number of fatalities between 2004 and 2006.

The report, “2007 to 2012 road traffic deaths by user type and county”, highlights the lives saved in Kilkenny over the past five years. Since 2007 28 drivers, 6 pedestrians and 3 motorcyclists have been killed on roads in the county. No cyclists have died on Kilkenny roads during this period.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said: “The reduction in road deaths in Kilkenny shows just what can be achieved when communities come together and say, enough is enough, we don’t want any more people dying on our roads. All it takes to make a difference is for one person to say, I’m going to change my behaviour on the roads so that I can keep myself and others safe when we’re out on the roads.”

“So on behalf of the RSA I would like to thank each and every person in Kilkenny for the contribution you have made to keeping roads in your county safe. It is the efforts made by each and every one of you that has helped reduce road deaths in Kilkenny. I would also like to pay tribute to An Garda Síochána, emergency services personnel and Local Authorities for their work in reducing the death toll on our roads. If we all redouble our efforts in 2013, there is no reason why we can’t make Ireland’s roads the safest in the world.”