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Facts and Figures

 

Road Fatalities in Donegal 2002-2017

 

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
20 23 29 27 19 22 18 14
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
19 6 7 13 9 11 10 6

  

Population in Donegal (Census Figures)

 

  1991 1996 2002 2006 2011
Donegal 128,117 129,994 137,575 147,264 160,927
Ireland 3,525,719 3,626,087 3,917,203 4,239,848 4,581,269

 

 

Donegal Road Fatalities, 2008-2017 by Road User 

 

 
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Car User
12 9 16 3 4 9 5 7 10 5
Pedestrian
4 2 3 1 1 2 1 2 0 1
Pedal Cyclist
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Motorcyclist
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Goods Vehicle
2 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
PSV User
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 


Provisional Review of Road Fatalities 2017

Infographic of provisional review of Road fatalities 2017 

Provisional Review of Road Fatalities 2016

Provisional Review of Road Fatalities 2015‌

Infographic of provisional review of Fatalities 2015

 

 

Facts and Figures - Road safety

  • Hit by a car at 60 km/ph (40mph), 9 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed
  • Hit by a car at 50 km/ph (30mph), about half of pedestrians will be killed
  • Hit by a car at 30 km/ph (20mph), 9 out of 10 pedestrians will survive.
  • A 50 km/ph (30mph) impact is equivalent to dropping a car from the top of a 2-storey building
  • A 100 km/ph (60mph) impact is equivalent to dropping 11 storeys
  • A 150 km/ph (80mph) crash to almost 30 storeys

Research and international experience show that the frequency and severity of road crashes tend to decrease with reductions in average speed. A 1km/ph decrease in average speed results typically in a 3% decrease in road crash frequency. (Source: European Transport Safety Council).

84% of people disapprove of speeding yet 69% do it.

A TNS Survey results show what we really think of our other half's driving - and many of us are scared and angered when our partners speed. The study reveals that among passengers over 60% believe that driving too fast increases the chances that their partner will crash. And emotions run high:

  • 24% have felt angered by their significant other's speeding, which they think is 'irresponsible and stupid'.
  • 20% are scared, and concerned that they and the driver could be killed or injured.
  • 14% worried about the safety of other road users.
  • 25% admit to pressing on an imaginary foot brake.
  • Only 1% wanted their partners to drive faster.

The law of physics dictate that the higher the speed at impact, the more energy must be rapidly absorbed by hard metal, soft flesh and brittle bone.

Driving at an inappropriate speed is the cause of a quarter of all fatal crashes each year in Ireland. It reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around bends or when visibility is poor and extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle safely.

A 50 km/ph impact is equivalent to dropping a car from the top of a two-storey building, a 100 km/ph impact is equivalent to dropping a car from eleven storeys.

Alcohol is a factor in 37% of all fatal accidents
At half the legal limit a driver is twice as likely to have a collision
At the legal limit a driver is six times more likely to have a collision
Were all drivers to observe a 50mg/100ml blood alcohol limit, fatalities would drop by 46%.

 

How Alcohol Affects Driving

All drivers are affected by drinking alcohol. Alcohol affects judgement, vision, co-ordination, and reaction time. It causes serious driving errors, such as:

  • Increased reaction time to hazards.
  • Driving too fast or too slow.
  • Driving in the wrong lane.
  • Running over the curb.
  • Weaving.
  • Quick, jerky starts.
  • Not signalling, failure to use lights.
  • Straddling lanes
  • Running stop signs and red lights.
  • Improper passing.

Blood alcohol level is determined by a number of factors:

  • Type of drink and amount
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Constitution
  • Individual drinking habits
  • Whether food has been eaten

The same amount of alcohol consumed will result in different blood alcohol levels for different people.

A study conducted at Loughborough University in the UK has shown that for all vehicles about 4 in 10 fatal country crashes and close to 1 in 6 urban crashes are attributable to fatigue. The proportion of serious injury crashes due to fatigue is a little less.

Younger people (ages 16 to 29), especially males are a high risk group for driver fatigue.

Without a seat belt 3 out of 4 people will be killed or seriously injured in a 30-mph head-on crash.

In a crash at just 50 km/ph, an unrestrained child would be thrown forward with a force 30 to 60 times their body weight.

It is estimated that seatbelt wearing could reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by 40%.

Over 90% of adult front seat passengers and drivers wear seat belts, as do 66% of adult rear seat passengers.

More than two thirds of fatal pedestrian accidents happen during the hours of darkness. Although pedestrians can hear a car coming and see it's lights, it's driver may not see the pedestrian and certainly won't hear them.

In Ireland pedestrians have emerged as a highly vulnerable group on our roads - accounting for approximately one in every five fatalities annually. 

 

 

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