Sun, 10 Dec 2023

The NIRSS to 2020 annual statistics are now available. These data provide the finalised National Statistics (NS) which track the 2021 position against the four targets and various key performance indicators contained in the Strategy.

The publication is available on the ASRB website at:

Key Points

In 2021

  • There were 50 fatalities in road traffic collisions. This represents a reduction of 60% from the 2004-2008 Strategy baseline figure (126), and a decrease of 11% from 2020.
  • There were 809 people seriously injured (SI) in road traffic collisions which is 36% more than the number recorded in 2020 and 27% less than the baseline figure of 1,111. SI numbers have fallen considerably since the baseline. However, the annual percentage increase between 2020 and 2021 (36%) was the largest increase in the series.
  • There were 80 children (aged 0 to 15) killed or seriously injured (KSIs) in road traffic collisions - 25 more than in 2020. This represents an reduction of 37% from the baseline figure (128) and an increase of 45% over the year.
  • There were 180 young people (aged 16 to 24) KSIs in road traffic collisions, which was 41% more then the number recorded in 2020 and 51% below the baseline of 366. This is the highest largest percentage increase in the series.
  • All of these changes should be viewed in the context of lockdown measures in relation to Covid-19 that were introduced on 23rd March 2020. Traffic flows fell considerably in 2020, but increased again in 2021 as restrictions eased. These changes in traffic volumes should be considered when examining road traffic collisions over time.

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