Road Collisions

  • The names have been released of the four young men killed in a road collision in Co Donegal last night.

    The small community in Gortahork has been left shocked following the deaths of John Harley, Michéal Roarty, Sean Harkin, and Daniel Scott, in a single-vehicle crash.

    All four were in their 20's and were on their way home from a night out when the car they were in crashed near Magheraroarty in Gortahork just before 9pm last night.

    Gardai say they're deeply saddened by the horrific death toll in Irish roads over the past week - a week in which 10 people died in road collisions - and have sent condolences to those affected by the tragic events.

    In a statement, Gardai say their activities across the country will continue to focus on the offences that contribute most significantly to traffic collisions - in particular drink-driving and speeding.

    In the first month of 2019 to date, 634 drivers have been arrested nationally for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, while over 9,300 people have been detected speeding.

    In Mayo, one motorist was caught driving at 161 km an hour in an 80 km/h zone on the R335 at Glaspatrick, Murrisk.

    The Road Safety Authority is also appealing to motorists to slow down, drive at the right speed for the weather conditions and watch out for vulnerable road users  -particularly among warnings of icy roads and sleet and snow showers this week.

     

  • The number of people who died in road collisions in Ireland in 2018 was the lowest since road deaths were first recorded in 1959.

    Up to Monday, a total of 149 people lost their lives in road collisions over the past 12 months, compared to 156 lives lost in 2017 - that's a drop of 4%.

    The figures from the Road Safety Authority show 9 people died in road crashes in Co Mayo last year, with 8 fatalities in Galway, 3 in Roscommon and one in Sligo.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross says that, although the figures show a marginal improvement, they are not good enough.

    He says speed continues to kill, while drink-driving persists, and unaccompanied learner drivers continue to break the law.

    Minister Ross says reckless road users cannot be allowed to ruin the lives of innocent others and their families, and he says that in 2019 the crusade to improve road safety and save lives will accelerate.

    The 2018 figures show an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities.

    Sunday was the most dangerous day of the week on Ireland's roads last year, while 41% of fatalities that occurred on Sunday were in the early hours of the morning.

    Almost half of all road fatalities occurred over the weekend.

     

     

  • People getting less than 7 hours sleep are more likely to be involved in road collisions.

    A new study shows the risk is greatest for drivers who've slept for less than four hours.

    Researchers found that drivers getting less than 4 hours sleep were 15 times more likely to be responsible for a car crash, compared to those getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours sleep.

    Driver fatigue contibutes to 1 in 5 deaths on Ireland's roads.

    Concerns are being raised about the risks associated with "fatigued" delivery drivers ahead of the busy Christmas period, starting with Black Friday.

    The Mayo Road Safety Office says exhausted delivery drivers could pose a road safety risk over the coming weeks, as thousands of staff work long hours to cope with the rush of online orders for the festive season.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says driving while tired reduces the ability to concentrate and be vigilant.

    He says this applies, not just to fleet drivers, but to people who stay up at night shopping on line to get early bargains ahead of Black Friday, and are driving early the next day.