A total of 148 people were killed on Irish roads in 2019, up by six more deaths or over 4 percent compared with the 2018 figure, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) of Ireland revealed on Wednesday.
According to police preliminary statistics, of all the people killed in road accidents, drivers accounted for 79, followed by pedestrians (27), motorcyclists (17), passengers (15), pedal cyclists (8) and pillion passengers (2), RSA said.
The number of drivers killed last year increased by 25 people compared with that of the previous year, said RSA.
Commenting on the latest figures, RSA Chairperson Liz O’Donnell said that the year-on-year increase in the number of road deaths in the country is “deeply saddening” and “should spur us and our road safety partners on in a renewed effort” to improve road safety.
The Irish government plans to reduce the annual number of road deaths in the country to 120 or fewer by the year 2020.
Irish police department said that road policing is a priority for 2020 and an extra number of 180 traffic police members will be deployed on Irish roads this year.