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National "Slow Down" Day

Date: 22 Oct 2013

For the past seven years, there has been a year on year decrease in the number of road fatalities in Ireland. However, as of the 18th October 2013, there have been 17 more fatalities on our roads than at this time last year. This brings to 150, the number of people killed in road traffic collisions to date. 161 people lost their lives on Irish roads in 2012.

Drivers, passengers or motorcyclists have accounted for over 4/5ths of all fatalities in 2013. Similarly nearly 1/5th of fatalities have occurred on a Friday. The time period of 2pm-6pm everyday, accounts for nearly a third of all fatal road traffic collisions.

Excessive or inappropriate speed remains a significant contributory factor in road traffic collisions.

The aim of the National "Slow Down" day is to reduce the number and severity of road traffic collisions.