Northern Ireland road traffic accident statistics

By Gary Adair

There have been 34 fatalities as a result of road traffic accidents on Northern Ireland roads in 2018, down from 40 over the same period in 2017 and 47 in 2018.

Reports maintained by the PSNI show that just over 75 per cent of the fatalities were males, and 68 per cent were aged between 25 and 64 years old. The statistics also show that more pedestrians have died as a result of a road traffic accident than passengers, with 26 per cent compared to 12%, showing that road traffic safety is not just an issue for motorists or those travelling in a vehicle.

Approximately 68 per cent of road traffic fatalities in Northern Ireland resulted from accidents on a rural road with a speed limit of over 40mph, and the area of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon experienced the most fatalities, with 7 deaths on the roads there. Fermanagh & Omagh had the second highest fatalities with 5 deaths.

While road fatalities in Northern Ireland have decreased over the past 10 years, it is difficult for anyone to consider the figures a success story. The PSNI have in particular been campaigning to tackle the issue of inappropriate speed and unacceptable risks being taken by motorists. Over 30,000 speed offences were recorded in 2017, averaging at over 80 a day. Two thirds of speed-related detections took place on roads with 30mph speed limits. The highest recorded speed was 100mph. Inspector Rosie Leech from the PSNI’s Roads Policing Unit said that “inappropriate speed for the conditions is still consistently one of the main causes of the most serious collisions in which people are killed and seriously injured.”

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