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The number of injury road traffic collisions reported to the police has fallen for four consecutive years, to 3,724 in 2020/21.
The figures, released in the annual PSNI Recorded Injury Road Traffic Collisions and Casualties report, show there were 5,662 casualties, which is a reduction of 3,100 on the previous period.
However, now is not the time for complacency as the latest annual fall must be viewed in the context of lockdown measures which were introduced throughout 2020/21 and reduced traffic volume across Northern Ireland by close to 75% at its lowest point.
The number of people killed in 2020/21 (53) was three fewer than the 56 recorded in 2019/20, while the eleven motorcyclists killed was almost three times the number recorded in 2019/20.
Meanwhile, police have said the main causes of accidents where people are killed or seriously injured (KSI) are inattention or attention diverted followed by wrong course/position and excessive speed.
While it can sometimes be hard to look beyond the statistics, we must never lose sight that each one of these collisions will have had devastating consequences for those involved.
As we emerge from lockdown and more people are getting back behind the wheel, the road safety message is a timely one.
For some people, it may have been months since they last drove a vehicle and we would urge caution as you familiarise yourself again with your car and the roads.
Driving conditions have also proved hazardous in recent weeks. We have had long spells of hot sunshine which can make driving uncomfortable while sun glare can reduce visibility. It’s always a good idea to have some sunglasses in your car.
Lately we have had some heavy downpours and as the ground has been so hard, as a result of the prolonged heatwave, surface water can be an issue. With localised heavy showers road conditions can change very quickly so it is always vital to pay attention when driving.
As more people enjoy staycations this year, the car may be a key component in helping you enjoy the beauty of Northern Ireland.
But as people flock to our most popular locations keep in mind there could be increased traffic in these places with a greater chance of accidents occurring. The police figures show that the Causeway Coast & Glens and Newry, Mourne and Down districts have had the highest number of road deaths in 2020/21 with nine tragedies already.
Meanwhile, if your car has been off the road for a number of months, it is worth contacting your insurance broker to ensure your policies are all up to date before you start driving again.
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