Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Questions (499)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

499. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 17 September 2020, the number of learner drivers, excluding motorcyclists, involved in fatal crashes in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020; the number of those drivers who were driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver at the time of the fatal crash by year; the number of persons who died in each of those crashes per year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41287/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that road safety remains a high priority for An Garda Síochána and for my Department, working closely in cooperation with the Department of Transport.  Any fatality or serious injury is of great concern.

An Garda Síochána is responsible for collating information regarding road traffic collisions.  I am informed that the following details the number of learner drivers (excluding motorcyclists) involved in fatal road traffic collisions in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020:

Year 

No. of Fatal Collisions involving a Learner Driver

No. of associated fatalities

No. of Fatal Collisions involving an unaccompanied Learner Driver

 2017

 13

 15

 12

 2018

 6

 6

 4

 2019

 4

 4

 3

 2020*

 6

 6

 5

* Statistics as at 31 October 2020

I am informed that that this information is based upon operational data from the Pulse or FCPS system as was available on 3 December 2020.   

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner has established the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau (GNRPB) to ensure a consistent approach to road safety and enforcement of road traffic legislation across the country.  This is achieved through coordination of enforcement and development of policy based on research and analysis of statistics and by engaging in campaigns in partnership with other State Agencies.