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RSA and An Garda Síochána issue road safety appeal to all road users ahead of Easter Bank Holiday

road safety 06.04.2023
  • 11 fatalities and 67 serious injuries in Easter Bank holiday collisions over last 5 years
  • 45 road deaths in 2023, up 1 death on the same period in 2022*
  • All road users are urged to take extra care over the Easter Bank Holiday

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are issuing a road safety appeal to all road users ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

It comes as collision statistics show that 78 people have been killed or seriously injured over the Easter Bank Holiday period in the last five years. Last year alone, 2 people were killed and 18 seriously injured. Bank Holidays bring a higher volume of traffic onto the road across the country, and with this comes an increased risk of collisions.

 Table 1. Road User Fatalities and Serious Injuries for Easter Bank Holiday period 2016-2022*

  Fatal Collisions Fatalities Serious Injuries
2018 1 2 16
2019* 1 1 17
2020* 2 2 8
2021* 3 4 8
2022* 2 2 18
Total 9 11 67

*Note, data for 2019-2022 is provisional and subject to change

All road users are being encouraged to use the roads responsibly.

Drivers are urged to slow down, wear seatbelts, and not to drive while impaired through alcohol, drugs, or fatigue. They are also being reminded to watch out for vulnerable road users including cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and motorcyclists, particularly on rural roads where most fatal collisions take place.

Pedestrians are reminded to use the footpath and, if there is none, to walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.

Many motorcyclists will be returning to the road after parking their motorbikes up for the winter. They are urged to ensure their motorcycle is roadworthy before taking it back on the road. The are also advised to take great care if getting back on the road as they may be rusty from not having ridden their motorcycle in a while.

To date in 2023, a total of 45 have been killed in fatal road crashes, this is an increase of 1 death compared to the same period in 2022*.

Analysis of collisions to date show that :

  • 49%* of fatalities to date this year are 35 years old or younger. Fatalities in this age group represented 32%** of all fatalities in 2022.
  • 55%* of fatal collisions to date in 2023 have been single vehicle collisions.

 Additional advice for road users to make this a safer Bank Holiday Weekend:

  • If you are planning a long trip over the Easter Bank Holiday, remember that traffic will probably be heavy so you plan to give yourself additional time to allow you to get your destination safely. Plan some breaks along the way to stop you from getting tired.
  • If you feel tired while driving: Stop, Sip, Sleep. That’s stop somewhere safe, have a caffeinated drink and nap for 15 minutes. Whatever you do, please don’t fight sleep at the wheel.
  • This Easter Bank Holiday Weekend drivers are being reminded that the RSA and participating Applegreen service stations are providing free cups of coffee to drivers to help combat driver fatigue. The offer is available from 2pm to 8pm on Friday 7 April and on Monday 10 April.
  • Drivers planning to head out socialising over the Easter Bank Holiday are urged to plan how they are going to get home safely. Book a taxi, or hackney, use public transport or designate a driver. The same also applies if we are planning to walk, particularly in rural areas where there may be no footpaths or street lighting.
  • Remember: if you have been drinking, you may not be safe to drive the morning after. Don’t risk it! Use public transport, a taxi or arrange a life with a friend or colleague. If you cannot, then delay your journey until it’s safe to drive. It takes approximately one hour to get rid of one unit of alcohol from your body. A unit of alcohol is half a pint, a glass of wine and a standard measure of spirits.


*Figures correspond to the time period 1 Jan-6 April 2023 inclusive. Figures are provisional and subject to change.

**Figure corresponds to 1 Jan-31 Dec 2022. Figures is provisional and subject to change.

Collision Statistics for 2023* and 2022*

As of 6 April 2023, there have been 45 fatalities following 42 fatal collisions. This is an increase of 1 fatality and an equal number of fatal crashes compared to the same time and date in 2022.

  2022 2023  +/-
Driver 20 25 5
Passenger 6 8 2
Pedestrian 9 9 0
Pedal cyclist 0 0 0
Motorcyclist 9 2 -7
Other 0 1 1
Total 44 45 1

 *Figures are provisional and subject to change

Ireland’s Road Safety Strategy:

Ireland’s fifth government Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Irish roads by 50% over the next 10 years. This means reducing deaths on Ireland’s roads annually from 144 to 72 or lower and reducing serious injuries from 1,259 to 630 or lower by 2030. 

The strategy is the first step in achieving the 2020 Programme for Government commitment of bringing Ireland to ‘Vision Zero’. This is to eliminate all road deaths and serious injuries on Irish roads by the year 2050.