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Deaths on our roads rise in 2022 02.02.23

PROVISIONAL figures released show that 8 people lost their lives in Donegal as a result of road traffic collisions in 2022.
A total of 155 people died in 149 fatal road collisions in 2022 compared to 137 deaths in 124 fatal road collisions in 2021. This represents an increase of 18 deaths or a 13% rise in road fatalities compared to last year.
Many more have to live with life changing injuries, along with families and friends grieving for lives lost needlessly.
The figures show that the number of pedestrians killed in 2022 was 41, compared to 21 in 2021. The high number of pedestrian fatalities, who are our most vulnerable road users, is a major concern.

Despite numerous campaigns motorists continue to put lives at risk by driving at excessive speed and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A visit to any collision location, an Accident & Emergency Department or Coroner’s Court will bring home the reality of destroyed lives, horrific deaths and grieving families following road traffic death and injury.

Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said,” We all have a responsibility to reduce the number of deaths on our roads. A large number of collisions are caused by motorists driving irresponsibly or simply ignoring the law. We all have to share the road and we can all make a difference when it comes to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries.”
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