New figures for Carlow
New figures released by the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) has shown that Carlow has one of the highest rates of hit-and-run crashes in the country.
Just seven counties recorded a higher number of such accidents in 2017 with Donegal the highest, where 50% (or 36 in total) of incidents reported to the MIBI involved hit-and-runs.
A hit-and-run is where one driver fails to remain at the scene or supply contact or insurance information.
The MIBI is a non-profit organisation established to compensate victims of road-traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles.
In Carlow, 12 (36.3%) of accidents reported in 2017 were so-called hit-and-run incidents, which doubled 2016's figure of just six (26%) of all reported 'untraced events'.
The figures also revealed that 21 Carlow crashes involving uninsured drivers were reported to MIBI headquarters in 2017, but this figure was up on previous years when there were 17 in 2016 and just 10 in 2015.
Other counties worse than Carlow for hit-and-runs in percentage terms were: Kilkenny (43%), Longford (42%), Offaly (38%), Clare (37%), Louth (38%), Waterford (37%).
MIBI chief David Fitzgerald said although incidents relating to uninsured drivers continued form the majority of claims reported to the MIBI, accidents involving untraced drivers accounted for a large portion.
“Alarmingly, there was a total of 800 such events last year, with more than 300 taking place in Dublin,” he said. “We are also seeing a very high proportion of claims relating to these type of incidents taking place in some counties," he added.
He said modern technology and surveillance equipment is helping authorities track down these drivers, pointing out that his organisation works very closely with gardaí to apprehend those involved.