THERE have been eight road deaths in Cork so far this year, making it second behind Dublin for road fatalities in 2019.
A review of road deaths by the Road Safety Authority and gardaí revealed that there have been 89 people killed in Ireland between January 1 and July 28 in 80 collisions.
Of those, Dublin had the highest number of deaths, with nine fatalities.
Tipperary was next highest with eight deaths, and Cork was ranked third, with seven deaths.
However, a man was killed in Whitegate this morning in a collision, bringing the total number of deaths on Cork roads to date this year to eight.
Of those killed between January 1 and July 28, there were 49 drivers 10 passengers, 15 pedestrians, nine motorcyclists and six pedal cyclists. The number of deaths in the period was six higher than in the same time frame last year.
Just under 80% of deaths took place on rural roads with a speed limit of 80km per hour or higher.
Chief executive of the RSA, Moyagh Murdock, said it was alarming to see the increase in road deaths to date this year.
She said: “Clearly, the progress we have made in road safety over the last two years is at risk of stalling. The vast majority of deaths and injuries on our roads are preventable.
“If we want to prevent any more tragedies on our roads we need to focus our attention on where the greatest risk is.
“The review presented today shows that this is at weekends and particularly on a Sunday.
“ We are asking road users take greater care at these times and we want to see more targeted enforcement by An Garda Síochána at weekends if we are to reverse this worrying increase in 2019.”
She added: “The RSA are going to be focussing on enforcement activities in the commercial vehicle sector.
“We have also reduced Driving Test waiting times to their lowest ever so there is no excuse for people to be relying long term on a learner permit. “
Speaking at the launch of the statistics, the director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Professor Denis Cusack, highlighted concerns that drink and drug driving.
He said: “Alcohol still remains the most frequently detected intoxicant in driving. Cannabis is the next most frequently found drug with Cocaine overtaking Benzodiazepines to be the third most prevalent intoxicant detected in Irish drivers.”