FACT #6: Did You Know?
Alcohol is a Factor in Over 1/3 of Road Fatalities in Ireland
Did you know that alcohol was a factor in over a third of all fatal road traffic collisions in Ireland? Alcohol consumption is a factor in 38% of all deaths on Irish roads. According to the Road Safety Authority Ireland (RSA) this figure rises to 75% between 10pm and 6am. Even in small amounts, alcohol impairs driving ability and as the amount of alcohol in the blood increases, vision and motor skills reduce. Therefore, any amount of alcohol increases the chance of you being involved in a road traffic collision.
As of Midnight 6th November, 2023 the total no. of road fatalities in Ireland was 165. This is an increase of +39 on the same period in 2022 and an increase of +48 compared with the same period for 2019. This is an extremely worrying trend. From 1st January – 24th September 2023, a total of 915 serious injuries were recorded in Ireland by An Garda Siochana and reported in official statistics by the RSA.