Deaths on Irish roads have increased considerably in the first nine months of 2023, and Wicklow’s road tragedies have already doubled since 2022.
Gardai are warning drivers to exercise caution and pay extra attention on Irish roads as statistics show a tragic leap in deaths on Irish roads with the toll already counting at 130 this year alone.
Fatalities on Irish roads have increased overall by 30% since 2019 and 24% higher than the same period last year.
Road deaths in Galway, Mayo, Tipperary, and Westmeath have already increased by as much as 100% since 2022.
Last year, Co. Wicklow suffered two tragic deaths on our roads, while the county has already seen five tragedies in the first nine months of 2023.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed deep concern over the sharp increase in road deaths, “What we are seeing this year is not just a setback – it is a pretty enormous increase in the number of road deaths. It is something we are taking very seriously and I would encourage people to be safe on the roads.”
Discussions are ongoing between the Road Safety Authority and the gardai in order to tackle the issue and create safer roads for those driving in Ireland.