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Road Fatalities See A Rise Of 7% So Far This Year

84 fatal crashes have taken place in 2019.

52 drivers died, along with 10 passengers, 15 pedestrians, 10 motorcyclists and 6 cyclists.

Gardaí say they're concerned about the increase in the number of fatalities on the roads, and are appealing for motorists to be vigilant.

Most of them are happening in rural areas with speeding, not wearing seatbelts and the use of mobile phones some of the main causes.

Road deaths have been falling over the last few years but there are now concerns that progress could be at risk.

80 per cent of deaths have come on rural roads - most of them in Dublin, Cork and Tipperary.

But there have been none in Cavan and Longford,

And there's been a reduction in cyclists, pedestrians and passengers involved in fatal crashes.

We're being warned Sunday is the most dangerous time to be on the roads.

The time most collisions take place is between midday and 10pm. 

Gardai say hundreds of extra roads policing officers are needed to help keep the number of road deaths down. 


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