Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (646)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

646. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of fatal road traffic collisions each year from 2016 to 2020; the number of drivers involved per year; the number of drivers in which the status of their driver licence or learner permit is unknown; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7035/21]

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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 and I am advised by An Garda Síochána of the following information as requested by the Deputy.

The following table contains the following information for each year from 2016 to 2020:

- The number of fatal collisions for each year.

- The total number of drivers involved in these fatal collisions.

- The number of these drivers whose licence status is either unknown or currently under investigation.

Fatal Collisions

All Drivers Involved

Unknown Licence Status/Under Investigation

2016

173

233

4

2017

140

181

6

2018

131

168

3

2019

129

172

8

2020

137

170

8

I have been further advised by the Garda authorities that the above information is based upon operational data from PULSE and the Fixed Charge Penalty System as was available on 5 February 2021 and is liable to change.

Figures are based on incidents which occurred from 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2020 inclusive.

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.