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Northern Ireland – Road safety briefing. Last updated: June 2024

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Northern Ireland – Road safety briefing. Last updated: June 2024

Police Service for Northern Ireland data shows:

Calendar year 2024 so far: As of 1st June 2024, there have been 26 fatalities on Northern Ireland’s roads.

Regions: In 2023, Newry, Mourne and Down district had the highest number of road deaths with 11 fatalities. Belfast City district recorded the most serious injuries in 2023 (127 people).

Data shows the biggest principal causation factors for KSI casualties were ‘inattention or attention diverted’ and ‘impairment by drugs or alcohol - driver/rider’

Drivers and pedestrians represent around three-fifths of all KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) casualties (59%)

Breakdown of road casualties - Northern Ireland 2023

In 2023, there were 5,058 injury road traffic collisions recorded. This resulted in:

Total casualties of 7985, 71 fatalities, 880 people seriously injured and 7,034 slightly injured.

Breakdown comparison - Northern Ireland 2022 and 2023

Compared to 2022, overall casualties in 2023 increased by 1.8% to 7985. 

The amount of KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) casualties dropped by 1.5% to 951, however they remain higher than the totals seen prior to Covid-19 in 2020.

Long-term fatalities on NI’s roads by year

The all-time high annual figure of fatalities was in 1972 when 372 people were killed on Northern Ireland’s roads.

Top priorities for motorists in Northern Ireland – IAM RoadSmart Road Safety culture report shows:

The top three issues among Northern Ireland’s motorists are the ‘cost of motoring’, followed by ‘potholes’ and roadworks/road closures

Find out more about UK Road Safety Statistics here





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