DUBLIN, July 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 73 people were killed in road accidents in Ireland in the first half of this year, up 4.3 percent over a year ago, according to the preliminary figures released by the Irish police service on Wednesday.
Of all those who died in the road accidents in the first half of this year, drivers accounted for 30, pedestrians 19, passengers 12, in addition to 8 motorcyclists and 4 pedal cyclists, indicated the data.
The figures also showed that 67 fatal road accidents were reported across Ireland in the first six months of this year, representing a 9.8-percent increase year-on-year.
The previous government of Ireland, which officially ended its term following the establishment of a new coalition government on Saturday night, had planned to bring down road fatalities to below 120 people in 2020.
In terms of the ratio of road fatalities to its total population, which stood at about 4.9 million at the end of last year, Ireland is considered to be one of the safest countries in Europe, according to the country's department of transport.