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Burns, Velma (2021) 6 month road safety review January to 15 July 2021. Dublin: Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána.

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The review shows that from 1 January to 15 July, 2021, 65 people died on Irish roads in 60 collisions. This represents 12% fewer collisions and 12% fewer deaths compared to provisional Garda data for the same period in 2020. 

Drink driving - 1 in 10 motorists admit to driving after consuming alcohol, in line with trends, but more permissive attitude towards acceptable limits for driving 

P.21 Key statistics from Driver Attitude and Behaviour study:

  • 43% of all motorists now believe ‘no alcohol’ can be consumed to remain under legal limit (down from 64% in 2019)
  • 9% of motorists consumed alcohol before driving in past 12 months –largely on a par with previous years 

P.29 The total number of arrests for drivers on suspicion of driving whilst intoxicated has decreased by 8% between January and 30th June this year compared to the same period in 2020. There were 13% more arrests of drivers on suspicion of Drug-Driving up to the 30th of June this year than last year.  Drink-Driving arrests are steadily increasing since January 2021 and were higher in June 2021 than June 2020. 

P.30 [includes graphs] Drink-Driving arrests fluctuated in 2020 generally in line with the reduction in traffic volumes and Covid -19 restrictions. Drink-Driving arrests have increased in recent months in line with increasing traffic volumes and the phased changes to Covid-19 restrictions. Whilst the total number of arrests for driving while intoxicated (Drink and Drugs) are reduced by 8% this year, Drug Driving arrests are 13% higher this year than the same period last year.  Drug Driving arrests are significantly higher so far this year.

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