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Thursday, 17 November 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

Road Traffic Accidents

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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270. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of fatal road traffic collisions in each of the years 2016 to 2021; the number of drivers involved per year; the number of drivers in which the status of their driver licence or learner permit is unknown; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57200/22]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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I am conscious of the traumatic impact that road traffic fatalities have on those who has lost loved ones as a result of road traffic accidents. Every single fatality on our roads is one too many.

An Garda Síochána are committed to working closely with all road safety agencies to focus on high risk behaviour with the key objective of reducing the number of serious injury collisions and fatalities on our roads.

Levels of enforcement are high and involve targeted policing and awareness raising measures, including the deployment of safety cameras throughout the country with a view to preventing the commission of offences, detecting errant road users, changing the behaviour and ultimately reducing death and injuries on our roads.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of all crime statistics including the number of road deaths (fatalities) and the number of injured casualties on the roads in Ireland between each year.

These statistics are prepared by the Road Safety Authority following analysis of the fatality reports provided to the RSA by An Garda Síochána and are available at the link below:

www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-wbhub/well-beinginformationhub/safetyandsecurity/personskilledorinjuredonroads/

I am informed that information pertaining to the status of the driver’s license statuses is not available as a component of the driver fatality statistics.

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