Provisional road collision statistics show that the number of road deaths in Ireland in 2021 dropped to a record low, making it the safest year since road deaths were first recorded in 1959.

A total of 130 people died in 119 fatal road collisions in 2021 compared to 146 deaths in 135 fatal road collisions in 2020.

This represents 16 fewer deaths or an 11% drop in road fatalities compared to last year.

Across the region there were 12 fatalities on the road in Galway, 4 in Mayo, 2 in Roscommon, 1 in Sligo and none in Leitrim.

That’s an increase of 7 year-on-year in Galway, a decrease of one in Mayo, a decrease of three in Roscommon and of one in both Sligo and Leitrim.

The figures were published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) today, following an analysis of provisional fatal collision reports by An Garda Síochána.

The figures also indicate that while 18 pedestrians were killed in 2021, this is the lowest number of pedestrian deaths over the last 25 years.

There were increases in fatalities among both drivers (68, +7) and motorcyclists in 2021 (21, +4).

Provisional figures for serious injuries indicate that 1,091 serious injuries were recorded up to the 21 December 2021 compared to 1,105 in 2020

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