As part of actions set out in the Government 2013-2020
Road Safety Strategy to reduce road fatalities to 25 per
million population by 2020, the RSA has decided to
undertake observational surveys on mobile phone usage
when driving, seatbelt usage, and drivers free speed in
Ireland. The data will be used by RSA and the Government
to monitor trends, determine the effectiveness of safety
initiatives and to inform the on-going review of public policy
in relation to road safety strategy.
The proposed surveys will be carried out using pre-
determined sites. Free Speed and Seatbelt usage surveys
have been carried out since 1999 and are required to be
conducted annually under the Road Safety Strategy 2013-
2020. The methodologies applied to previous Free Speed
and Seatbelt surveys will be applied to this survey including
observations of Drivers Mobile Phone usage.