Newly released statistics show the devastating death toll from Road Traffic Collisions over the past two years, identifying the worst affected areas.
The figures show that there have been over 1,300 serious collisions in the past two years, with over 100 of these resulting in deaths. They also pinpoint County Fermanagh as having the highest death rate with 16 in the past two years, six of these happened on the A4 out of Enniskillen leading to the M1 motorway and three on the A47 between Kesh and Belleek.
Newry & Mourne had the next highest death toll with 12, while all other Policing Districts had less than 10.
Almost three quarters of all fatal crashes happened in rural areas, while only one happened on a motorway.
Other key findings include:
- Almost a quarter of the people killed on Northern Ireland’s roads in the last two years were young men aged between 17 and 24. Of all deaths, almost 80% were male.
- The death toll includes 54 drivers, 25 pedestrians, 23 motorcyclists, 16 front seat passengers, 10 rear seat passengers, 7 cyclists and 1 pillion passenger.
- Lisburn PSNI area had the highest number of crashes in total – 100. The lowest number was in Cookstown in Co Tyrone – 20.
- There is a strong gender imbalance. 106 males were killed and 938 seriously injured during 2013 and 2014 – compared to 30 females killed and 492 seriously injured.
- 637 incidents were single vehicle collisions, 587 involved two vehicles and 80 three vehicles. One incident – a serious collision in west Belfast in September 2013 – involved nine vehicles. One person was seriously injured and 14 were slightly injured.
- More than a quarter (27%) of people killed were aged 65 or over.
- Of the 298 people killed over a 5 year period (2010-14), 37 were not wearing a seatbelt.
- Despite the common perception that drivers are now well aware of the dangers of drink driving, it remains a serious issue. The top three principal causes of fatal collisions over the last five years in Northern Ireland were drink driving, followed by excessive speed and then inattention/attention diverted.