Safe road use
Examining our behaviour on Irish roads.
Dangerous behaviours such as not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, or driving while impaired, whether through drugs or alcohol, increases our chances of being involved in a collision. In fact, our research shows that almost one in five (18%) drivers and passengers killed on Irish roads in 2022 were not wearing a seatbelt1.
Safe Road Use is one of the key elements of the Safe System approach and is designed to prevent fatalities and reduce serious injuries. It involves:
- setting road user standards, e.g. driver training and licensing requirements,
- developing traffic legislation
- targeted enforcement
- public education and awareness campaigns
- harnessing the benefits of safety technologies
The aim of Safe Road Use is to assist all road users so that they have the knowledge, capability, willingness and technology to use the roads and vehicles safely. This means that if a collision occurs, it does not lead to death or serious injury.
Research reports on road safety behaviours & attitudes
Our research publications cover a wide range of subjects within the road safety arena, including attitudes and behaviours around Safe Road Use, such as:
- compliance with the posted speed limit
- impaired driving (due to alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction)
- helmet wearing
- seatbelt wearing
1. Source: RSA Road Traffic Collision data. Figures are provisional and subject to change.
Our safe road use reports
Reports and surveys focused on the role of alcohol and drugs as contributory factors in road user fatalities in Ireland.
Research into the use of mobile phones and earphones among drivers, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists in Ireland.
Research into the incidence of fatigue among drivers in Ireland.
These reports look at seatbelt compliance for drivers and passengers as well as the use of helmets and high-visibility clothing among motorcyclists and pedal cyclists in Ireland.
Seatbelt Wearing Summary 2017
Seatbelt wearing 2017
Seatbelt wearing 2016
Helmet Use and Mobile Phone summary 2016
High Visibility Summary 2016
Misuse of Seatbelts Among Females Aged 17-34 Years 2016
Helmet use by motorcyclists and pedal cyclists 2015
Review of Safety Belts in Buses - Notice to Stakeholders July 2008
Seatbelt wearing by car users 2015
Annual National Seatbelt Survey 2009
These reports analyse annual and seasonal road collisions in Ireland.
These reports measure habits among drivers and motorcyclists in Ireland as well as their attitudes towards topical road safety issues.
These reports highlight the use of defective lights or inappropriate use of fog lights among drivers as well as cyclist compliance with traffic lights in Ireland.