Motorcyclists reminded to ‘ease off the throttle’ as speeding a factor in half of motorcyclist deaths

  • Recent RSA survey of 450 motorcyclists found that 12% have been involved in a road collision in the past two years
  • To date in 2019 there have been 4 motorcyclist deaths, three more than the same period in 2018
  • Parents reminded not to put scramblers or quadbikes in hands of children


Thursday 2 May 2019 – Ahead of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are reminding motorcyclists to ‘Ease off the throttle and keep within the speed limit as we enter the high risk summer period for motorcycling.

 Previous RSA research has shown that bikers speeding is a factor in half (49%) of motorcyclist fatal collisions.

 Preliminary results from a recent RSA survey of 450 motorcyclists, found that 12% of participants reported having been involved in a road collision in the past two years while three in five (59%) had a near miss in the same period. July was found to be the most dangerous month for collisions involving motorcyclists.

 Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan, Roads Policing and Major Event Management, An Garda Síochána, said: “Unfortunately motorcyclists are disproportionally represented in road fatality statistics. We are calling on all motorcyclists to take necessary steps to make themselves as safe as possible on the roads. Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and high visibility clothing to make yourself visible to other road-users. Motorcyclist should also ensure they ride with dipped headlight on, to increase visibility. Show restraint and reduce your speed, and never ever ride a motorcycle under the influence of an intoxicant, whether that is alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. We will be out in force this Bank Holiday weekend to play our part in keeping our roads as safe as possible”

 The RSA and Gardaí are also highlighting the misuse of quad bikes and scramblers on the road and in public spaces such as parks. These vehicles pose particular dangers to young people; three of the four people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving a quad bike or scrambler were aged 18 or under, in the period 2014 to 2017*.


Mr Keith Synnott consultant at the National Spinal Injuries Unit in the Mater hospital said: “Quad bikes and scramblers are not toys, they are heavy, dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause life changing injuries or death. Riders risk spinal injury following a collision on a quad bike or scrambler. Impacts often happen on areas of uneven ground or as a result of unstable vehicles, especially in the hands of children, leading to people falling and landing awkwardly or the vehicle landing on the rider.”


In 2018, there were 15 motorcyclist deaths on Irish roads, just over 60% of which occurred on rural roads with speed limits of 80km/h or higher, including motorways. The majority of fatal collisions involved males aged between 21 and 56 and six of the collisions were single vehicle.