Poor road record
WICKLOW 4TH HIGHEST IN ACCIDENT DELAYS
DEBORAH COLEMAN A TOTAL of 71 road collisions and incidents that led to traffic delays were recorded in Co. Wicklow last year by AA Roadwatch.
Figures released this week report that AA Roadwatch detected various road incidents which impacted on motorists' journey times.
Wicklow had the fourth highest number of incidents in 2012 behind Dublin, the M50 and Cork and reflected the expected higher figure for a commuter county but noted a higher number of incidents than Galway and Limerick.
‘In 2012 AA Roadwatch reported on 1,114 incidents and collisions which impacted on motorists' journey times.
‘ This is a staggering figure considering the number of minor tips and crashes that are pulled immediately off the road or which may never be reported,' says Aoife Carragher, Head of AA Roadwatch.
‘It is not possible to definitively say exactly how many incidents have occurred on Irish roads in the past year, but the statistics collected by AA Roadwatch reflect the areas where incidents have had the most significant impact on drivers.
These figures are also very important in highlighting, that while road deaths are thankfully falling across the country, there is a lot more to be done to promote safe driving practices,' added Ms. Carragher.
‘After the cities, Wicklow, Kildare and Louth, had the most incidents, with 147 collisions reported between them.
The majority of these occurred on the N7/M7, the N11, N2 and on the M1 during morning and evening rush hours.
It is clear that crashes are more likely to occur on busy routes when drivers are in a hurry.
The oldest and the best piece of AA Roadwatch advice is to slow down and to allow plenty of time for your journey - heeding this advice would go a long way to prevent many of these incidents,' she added.
An accident on the M11 brings traffic to a halt.