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The final toll of people who have lost their lives on Irish roads in 2020 is expected to be 150, following the death of a man in Co Wexford yesterday.

Official Garda figures show that 149 people had been killed up to 9am on December 31.

However, Gardai said official figures for the death toll in 2020 would not be formally published until early next week.

The grim statistic is likely to surpass by 10 the number of those killed in 2019, when 140 people sadly lost their lives.

The man who tragically died yesterday was the only occupant of the vehicle when it crashed at around 9.20am at Ballyeden, Davidstown, in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

His body has since been removed and a post-mortem will take place at a later date.

A garda spokesman said: "Gardai attended the scene of a fatal single vehicle road traffic collision that occurred at approximately 9.25am on Thursday, 31st December, 2020, at Ballyeden, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, County Wexford.

"The only occupant of the car involved, a man in his late 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The body has since been removed for a post mortem which will be carried out at a later date.

"The road was closed for a period as Forensic Collision Investigators examined the scene but is now fully reopened.

"Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward and for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling in the area at the time to make this footage available to Gardaí.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Enniscorthy Garda Station on 053 9242580, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station."

Traffic fatalities up to 9am on December 31 include 32 pedestrians, 63 drivers, 26 passengers, 17 motorcyclists and 11 cyclists.

There were some 129 total collisions last year and 138 this year.

Chairperson of the RSA, Ms Liz O’Donnell, said that despite the upward trend this year, progress was being made on reducing the number of deaths on Irish roads.

“I am saddened by the increase in road deaths, particularly following on from the two safest years on record for road fatalities in 2018 and 2019.

"Overall, our strategy to reduce road trauma is working; Between 2013 and 2019, Ireland saw a 26% reduction in road traffic fatalities, compared to just a 6% reduction across the whole of the Eu-27.

"Thanks to the success of the current road safety strategy (2013 - 2020) and the compliance of road users Ireland is viewed as a leader in road safety and is ranked as second safest in the EU and fourth globally."

Ms O'Donnell highlighted that incoming strategies would set ambitious targets to make roads safer.

"It is important to acknowledge that many lives have been saved and the next strategy now being prepared will build on this progress.

“The Government sets ambitious road safety targets so that it will drive everyone involved in road safety to work tirelessly to save lives and prevent injuries.

"The next Government Road Safety Strategy will be even more challenging. It will be committed to ‘Vision Zero’, that is zero deaths on Irish roads by 2050. I look forward to its publications in the coming months.”

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