138 people lost their lives on Irish roads this year, an increase of 20 compared to 2021.

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According to new data compiled by the Irish Independent, Sligo is the county with the highest fatality rate, with the county recording eight road traffic deaths per 100 thousand of the population.

That figure is six times higher than the rate last year.

Monaghan, Limerick and Cavan also had a high fatality rate, of 7.7, 6.3 and 6.16 fatal crashes so far this year.

The figures published in the Irish Independent were compiled by campaign group , Parc , ahead of the Christmas period.

They told the paper the Garda Roads Policing Unit need additional resources to deal with the current increase in fatal collisions.