Easter safety message for
A total of 64 people
have been killed or seriously injured over the
Easter period between 2009 and 2015.
The road collision figures were released today by
the Road Safety Authority (RSA) as An Garda Síochána
urged road-users to be vigilant with thousands of
extra people taking to the roads this Easter.
They also appealed to drivers and passengers in
particular to ensure they wear their seatbelts
The figures show that between 2009 and 2015, 17
people were killed and 47 seriously injured in
collisions over the Easter Bank Holiday.
Between 2009 and 2015, 17 people were
killed and 47 seriously injured in collisions over
the Easter Bank Holiday.
An analysis of road
fatalities for 2015 showed that one-in-four drivers
killed (20) and one-in-three passengers killed (9)
were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the
crash. Research also suggests that two out of every
three people will survive a crash if they are
wearing a seatbelt.
Meanwhile, the data shows that 34 people have died
on Irish roads to date this year - a decrease of one
on the same period last year.
Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said it is
"incredible to believe that even in this day and
age, so many drivers and passengers are not wearing
"They are proven life-savers, there is no other way
to re-enforce that message. If you're involved in a
collision, you are not just risking your life, you
are risking the lives of the other people in the
car," he said.