The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have called on all road users to act responsibly and safely when using the roads throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
This year’s Christmas and New Year road safety appeal, which was made at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, focuses on those who have suffered serious injuries in road traffic collisions.
Research presented at the launch by the RSA shows that 3,518 road users suffered life-altering injuries between the years 2014 to 2017, with vulnerable road users (motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists) representing half (50 per cent) of all serious injuries as a result of road collisions.
Of those seriously injured, 64 per cent were male. 36 per cent were aged 18 to 34 and 41 per cent were aged 35-64. The research revealed that a greater proportion of serious injuries amongst drivers and passengers happen on rural roads (speed limit >=80 km/h).
While for vulnerable road users, the opposite pattern emerged, with 84 per ecnt and 79 per cent of serious injuries amongst pedestrians and cyclists respectively occurring on urban roads (speed limit <=60 km/h).
Dublin accounted for the majority of serious injury collisions (29 per cent), Cork accounted for 11 per cent of serious injury collisions while Galway accounted for 5 per cent and Limerick for 4 pert cent.