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Motorcyclist fatalities in Ireland up sharply this year

Conor Trindle
16 Aug 2019, 21:16 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - More people have been killed so far this year compared to last year, and most of them have died as a result of crashes on rural roads.

As of Wednesday, 93 people have been killed on Irish roads in 2019, in a total of eighty-four collisions.

Six more people have died than at this time last year.

Up to, and including Wednesday, fifty-two drivers, 10 passengers, fifteen pedestrians, 10 motorcyclists and six pedal cyclists have been killed on Irish roads. Seventy of the fatalities, a massive 79%, occurred on rural roads, and involved speeds in excess of 80km/h. Speaking at a checkpoint on the N20 near Mallow on Friday morning morning, Inspector Joe O'Connor Roads Policing Unit Cork North said the number of people being caught speeding, using mobile phones while driving, and not wearing seatbelts is increasing. He said Cork North has seen six road fatalities in the last month, 3 of the six were motorcyclists. Nationally there have been 10 motorcyclist fatalities so far this year, a major increase on the seven for the same period last year. In 2018, half of all motorcyclist fatalities, seven out of 15, occurred in the month of August. Superintendent Edmund Golden National Roads Policing Bureau is appealing to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to make themselves more visible at all times on the road. Motorists should be more vigilant during this high-risk period, particularly in respect of motorcyclists, he said. Drivers need to look and look again particularly in their blind spot when turning, overtaking and at junctions. Of the motorcyclists killed over the last five years, from 2014 until now, the vast majority were male drivers, and the highest risk groups were those aged between 25 and 44 years. The most dangerous day of the week is Sunday and gardai are appealing to all road users to exercise extreme care during this high-risk period.

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