Written Answers. - Road Accident Statistics.

Máirín Quill

Ceist:

369 Miss Quill asked the Minister for the Environment the number of persons killed in road accidents in the first eight months of 1996; the percentage of this number who were driving the vehicle/vehicles involved at the time of the fatal accident; the average age of the driver/victims of the fatal accidents in question; and the percentage of the overall total who were pedestrians. [16926/96]

Provisional returns from the Garda show that 278 people were killed in road accidents during the first eight months of 1996. Detailed analysis of the Garda accident reports to provide data in relation to road user type, age of victims and other matters will be carried out by the National Roads Authority in the preparation of Road Accident Facts 1996.

Road Accident Facts 1995, was published this month and is available in the Oireachtas Library. It shows that, of the 437 road accident fatalities in 1995, 52 per cent were drivers of vehicles and 26 per cent were pedestrians. The report also shows that 14.1 per cent of those killed were aged 0-17 years; 39.3 per cent were aged 18-34 years; and 31.4 per cent were aged 35-65 years and over. The age of the person killed was not known in 15.2 per cent of cases.