2018 News

01 October 2018

Road Safety Authority research reveals older pedestrians at greatest risk

  •  1 in 2 pedestrians killed on roads had consumed alcohol.
  • RSA Annual Academic Lecture kicks off Irish Road Safety Week.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today published preliminary research findings which show that older pedestrians are at greatest risk of fatalities on our roads, with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities recorded for those aged 75 and over. The research, which examined pedestrian fatalities over an 8-year period (2008-2015) on Irish roads also shows that the majority of pedestrian fatalities take place in darkness and, of pedestrians killed in the hours of darkness, 98% were not wearing any high-visibility clothing. 

The preliminary findings were unveiled today at the RSA’s Annual Academic Road Safety Lecture, the first in a series of events taking place during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’, which focused on pedestrian safety and featured insights on the subject from international and national experts.

Welcoming attendees to the lecture Ms. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson, RSA said that the, “RSA is grounded in evidence-based scientific research. This is what informs our policies and supports our approach. The findings from the RSA’s preliminary research on pedestrian fatalities over an 8-year period, plus adoption of successful strategies adopted by other EU countries, will provide the basis for ongoing planning of road safety initiatives into 2019 and beyond.”

Speaking at today’s Annual Academic Lecture, Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA, said: “Over the last decade, there has been a 60% reduction in the number of pedestrians dying on our roads. Despite this further progress has to be made as one in five people killed on the roads is a pedestrian. Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable of our road users and today’s research findings will help us understand the factors which contribute to unnecessary pedestrian deaths.”

The preliminary findings of the in-depth examination of the pedestrian fatalities that occurred over an 8-year period (2008-2015) on Irish roads will help inform the design of an evidence-based pedestrian safety campaign in 2019. 

Key preliminary findings of the research from available information show that:

  • Pedestrian risk increases with age. The highest number of pedestrian fatalities was in the 75+ age group.
  • The majority of pedestrian fatalities take place in darkness. For pedestrians killed in the hours of darkness, 98% were not wearing any high-visibility clothing. Between 12am and 5am over the weekend is a key risk period.
  • 1 in 2 pedestrians killed on roads had consumed alcohol. Just over half of these pedestrians had a blood alcohol concentrate that was very high, more than 4 times the legal driving limit. The majority of pedestrian fatalities overall take place on urban roads, but more pedestrian fatalities where the deceased had consumed alcohol take place in rural areas.

The RSA is seeking support for its national drive to save lives during Irish Road Safety Week (IRSW), which takes place from today Monday 1 October to Sunday 7 October with numerous road safety activities planned nationwide.

Below is a list of other activities taking place during IRSW:

  • Wednesday 3 October is Tyre safety Day. ‘Your guide to Tyre Safety’  includes information on buying second hand tyres.
  • The RSA Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána are hosting a Driving for Work Seminar on ‘Managing Driving for Work’ for employers on Wednesday 3 October in the Carlton Hotel, Near Ballycoolin Industrial Estate in Blanchardstown, Dublin from 8.30am to 1pm. Places are limited so email drivingforwork@rsa.ie
  • The RSA will be airing its winter ready radio advert throughout the week. As the winter months are approaching its time to make sure your vehicle is maintained ahead of the winter season.
  • The second Driving for work Seminar hosted by the RSA, HSA and An Garda Síochána on ‘Managing Driving for Work’ for employers will take place on Thursday 4 October in Bunratty Castle Hotel, Shannon, Co Clare from 8.30am to 1pm. Places are limited so email drivingforwork@rsa.ie
  • National “Beep Beep Day” takes place on Friday 5 October 2018. Beep Beep Day is a chance for Pre-schoolers to get involved in road safety. Please place your orders through the RSA Online Orders system here in plenty of time to have your packs in time. We have limited supply of stocks so place your orders as soon as possible.
  • The RSA Shuttle and Rollover will be visiting a number of locations during Irish Road safety Week. More detail will be available here once all locations have been confirmed
  • There will be a number of free giveaways on certain RSA’s social media channels during the week.
  • The RSA ‘StreetSmart’ brings road safety to life in a fun way for young children aged between 4 and 12. Using a ‘streetscape’ map, children wander the street scene and learn more about important road safety skills. Details will be added to this page once the locations are confirmed for StreetSmart
  • Check it Fits, the RSA’s free child car seat checking service in partnership with Toyota, will be visiting locations around the country during Irish Road Safety Week. For more details on these and other locations please visit the Check it Fits section of our website here.
  • Our National Road Safety Education Service will be travelling the length and breadth of the country, delivering road safety education programmes to crèches, schools, universities, workplaces and communities throughout the week.

To find out more about IRSW please click here.


Notes:
These are preliminary findings of in-depth examination of the pedestrian fatalities that occurred over an 8-year period (2008-2015) on Irish roads and comprised of an overview of all pedestrian fatalities (2008-2015; Collision Data); an in-depth examination of pedestrian fatalities (2008-2015; Garda Investigation Files & Coronial Data); and an examination of culpability in pedestrian fatalities (2008-2012; Garda Investigation Files Data).

 

 


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