ROAD accidents claimed the lives of 17 people in Laois within four years, according to a new report.
A total of 446 people were injured and 17 were killed in crashes on the county’s roads between the start of 2013 and the end of 2017.
The figures are included in the 2017 Transport Omnibus report, which was released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last week.
The report covers January 2013 to December 2017 inclusive and contains the latest statistics available on road deaths and injuries throughout Ireland.
The figures show that 2014 was by far the worst year for fatal accidents on Laois roads, with seven deaths and 150 people injured. The victims included pedestrians and cyclists as well as motorcyclists and other vehicle users.
There was only one road death in Laois last year, down from three in 2016, four in 2015 and two in 2013. Injuries for 2017 are not listed in the report but figures for previous years show that 105 people were injured in 2016, compared with 96 in 2015 and 95 in 2013.
Nationally, the report shows that the evening rush hour is the most dangerous time on the roads, as more collisions happened at 5pm than at any other time of day.
There were more fatalities in March (20) last year than in any other month, a change from July (21) the previous year. April had the fewest fatalities (7) in 2017, compared with nine in November 2016.
Meanwhile, the report also shows that Friday is the most dangerous day for driving, as it has the most collisions and casualties.
Last year, 157 people were killed on Irish roads, a decrease of 29 (15.6%) when compared with 2016.