24,663* killed and 84,977* seriously injured on Irish roads since recording began.
This Sunday, 21 November, will mark ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ with commemorations to remember the victims of road traffic crashes and their families taking place around the country.
A renewed focus for World Day of Remembrance this year is on the victims of serious injuries and their families. 24,663* people have died on our roads since we began recording fatalities in 1959. Since 1977, when injury records began, 84,977* people have been seriously injured. The number of deaths is equivalent to the population of the town of Carlow and the number of serious injuries is equivalent to the population of Galway.
Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority said:
“This year marks the 15th year that we have marked World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Ireland. It is our way of ensuring that those who have died or been seriously injured are not forgotten. Because behind the numbers are real people; somebody’s father, brother, son, mother, sister, or daughter.
They are real lives lost or shattered by serious injuries, leaving families and communities devastated as they cope with the lasting impact of death and serious injury on the road. There are a number of commemorations taking place around the country and we invite people to take a few moments this Sunday to join us in remembering all those who have been injured or killed on our roads.”