Seven people killed so far this year on roads in north west

Seven people were killed on roads in the north west between between January and July this year.

Five of those were in Donegal, and one each in Sligo and Leitrim.

The Road Safety Authority is raising concerns about what has been a 7 per cent increase overall nationally in road deaths so far this year, with a total of 89 people have been killed — that’s 6 more than the same period last year.

8 in 10 deaths now take place on rural roads and Sunday is the most dangerous time to be travelling.

There’s been a renewed appeal from authorities for safety on the roads in advance of the coming bank holiday weekend, always one of the busiest in the year.

Liz O’Donnell, chairperson of the RSA, says not wearing seat belts remains a major cause of road deaths.