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Road Safety Strategy 2013 - 2020


Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Subject Keywords: Road safety
Type: Strategy
Region: Republic of Ireland

  • 124 road deaths and 330 serious injuries or lower by 2020 to ‘close the gap’ between Ireland and other best practice countries
  • Longer 2013-2020 strategy will focus on serious injuries
  • Conference opened by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar launched the Government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy at the Road Transport Safety Conference on Serious Injuries.
The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ - will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.

The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.



Rights: © RSA
Suggested citation:

Road Safety Authority (RSA). (2013) Road Safety Strategy 2013 - 2020 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd October 2019].


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