Donegal has Ireland’s highest rate of car crashes involving speed

inishcrashDonegal has the highest percentage of road traffic collisions caused by excessive speed.

Figures from the Road Safety Authority show speed was a factor in 8% of collisions in Donegal ahead of Cork, Wexford, Cavan and Galway.

Donegal also had the largest number of speed related collisions involving two or more vehicles

91% of culpable drivers in speed-related collisions were male.

The figures from Road Safety Authority says nationally, excessive speed was a factor in 322 road deaths here between 2008 and 2012.

The European Union is being asked to bring in a rule that car manufacturers install speed limiting systems in all new vehicles, which could reduce the number of crashes and fatalities.

Maggie Martin is Research Manager with the RSA: