Ireland's deadliest drivers revealed

Ireland's deadliest drivers revealed

Organisation: and the Irish Mirror newspaper (Ireland)

Publication Date: 04/08/2016


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This FOI led investigation revealed detailed, never before seen data about the nature of penalty points driving offences in Ireland. After obtaining and interrogating data on the number of penalty points issued in 2015 by gender, age, location and type of offence. We uncovered shocking new insights about penalty points offences – such as the fact that men are up to 18 times more likely than women to receive penalty points for getting behind the wheel after taking alcohol.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

This was the first time anyone had drilled down into the data behind penalty points offences so in such a deep and diverse way. I am proud to think that the insights it produced could play a role in informing future policies and education programs around road safety for drivers.

Technologies used for this project:

I obtained the detailed date from the Irish Government’s Department of Transport under the Freedom of Information Act. I then interrogated and sorted the data using Microsoft excel (and lots of pivot charts!) I used charts to visualise the data. Finally, I created a poll to further engage readers on this important issue using tools in our in-house content system Escenic.
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