Road death toll highest in District F

Road crashes
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Poor local roads and delays to the A5 dual carriageway have been blamed for the high road death toll in Policing District F with includes South Tyrone and Fermanagh.

A total of 21 people lost their lives on local roads in the past two years, making it the policing district with the highest death toll from collisions in Northern Ireland, according to latest figures compiled by online news website The Detail.

Five people lost their lives on South Tyrone roads, while a shocking 16 were killed on Fermanagh’s roads.

The deaths include six separate fatal crashes on the main A4 road out of Enniskillen which leads to the M1 motorway. There were also three fatal collisions on the A47 which runs from Kesh to Belleek.

Sixty-three people were seriously injured in crashes in the area during 2013 and 2014.

This comes against the background of poor infrastructure in the F area and government failure to deliver the A5 road scheme – which would have resulted in the road from Ballygawley to Derry, via Omagh and Strabane, being upgraded to dual-carriageway.

Of all the 129 fatal collisions recorded across Northern Ireland over the two year period, 74% took place on rural roads where there are speed limits of over 40mph. There was only one fatal crash on a motorway.

Last year, there were 3 fatalities on Dungannon roads, a slight increase on the previous year’s toll of 2. The number of deaths on local roads has declined significantly since 2009 when there were 8 road deaths.

The sharp decline has been linked to improved road safety, most notably the creation of the A4 dual carriageway between Dungannon and Ballygawley.

Detail Data, a joint project between investigative news website The Detail and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), reported on the devastating impact of road collisions in Northern Ireland.

It has analysed Police Service of Northern Ireland statistics relating to 1,321 collisions in 2013 and 2014 which led to the death or serious injury of drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

It has mapped every incident on an interactive map and provided a breakdown of the number of crashes and casualties in each PSNI area.

In total 136 people were killed across Northern Ireland and 1,430 were seriously injured.

Other key findings include:

Almost a quarter of the people killed on Northern Ireland’s roads in the last two years were young men aged between 17 and 24. Of all deaths, almost 80% were male.

The death toll includes 54 drivers, 25 pedestrians, 23 motorcyclists, 16 front seat passengers, 10 rear seat passengers, 7 cyclists and 1 pillion passenger.