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Amid all the economic doom and gloom last year. 2011 still gave us some reasons to celebrate. This is that Irish road accident and construction deaths plunged to new lows.
Irish road deaths during 2011 were the lowest since records began in 1961. Even still, 212 people still died on our roads. The worst year for road deaths was 1972 when 640 people died even though traffic volumes were much lower. While improvements to our road infrastructure and cars have helped to prevent some deaths the biggest difference has probably been driver behaviour. The introduction of penalty points for driving offences and new strict drinking and driving laws has recently helped in this regard.