Google Maps For Irish Road Deaths

Following on from his excellent idea for this morning, John has already commenced work on establishing Road Deaths, a new service based off Google Maps for highlighting the locations of road deaths for the year across the country. Following the bank holiday weekend, the figures for those killed on the roads this year has risen to 140 and will inevitably break the 300 mark by the end of the year as current trends continue. I think this will be a great resource entirely and will hopefully highlight, at least via the web, the black spots around the country.

The site will initially concentrate on the year so far (2006) before working backwards in time. Bookmark it, keep an eye on it – I know I will.


  1. Rob Comber May 2, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Will definitely keep an eye on this. Brilliant idea.

  2. Strangler May 2, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    How is it a brilliant idea? What will that achieve? I am not being smart just wondering.

  3. Ken May 2, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Rob – I’ll be doing likewise.

    Strangler – There’s nothing to say it will actually achieve something. Personally, I think its a fantastic way of representing the statistics on road deaths and highlighting at a graphical level where accidents occur around the country, particular towns, areas, stretches of road etc.

  4. Rob Comber May 2, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    Add the details of each crash and you make it possible to hammer home the reality of car accidents. They happen to real people on roads you probably drive on every day.

  5. Ken May 2, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    It would certainly be something that would be interesting. I came across a similar project a week or two ago that the New York Times (correct me if I’m wrong) launched, mapping out where every US soldier killed in Iraq died, along with details of their passing (whether by accident, sinking, KIA etc.).

  6. Sean May 2, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    I think this is a VERY interesting article! Really like the idea, nice one! 😉

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  8. Ken May 2, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    Amazing how word spreads but you’re absolutely right. There’s some good help there already between the NRA, An Gardai, Dept of Transport and more.

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