Poor road record



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.

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