78 people were killed on Irish roads in the first six months of the year in 73 collisions.
Two-thirds of those happened on rural roads, while 11 drivers and three passengers were not wearing a seatbelt.
The latest figures from the gardaí and Road Safety Authority show there has been a 3% increase in deaths on the same time last year.
As of today, 83 people have been killed on Ireland’s roads, three more than the same period last year.
They say if the current trends continue, another 78 people could be killed before the end of the year.
"The statistics revealed today are disappointing," said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD.
"After seeing a reduction of 11% in the first half of 2017, that positive trend has been reversed in 2018. It shows the absolute need for ongoing vigilance by road users, a greater level of visible Garda presence on our roads and robust traffic legislation on our statute books.”
"I welcome the passage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 through the Dáil. This is a critical piece of legislation aimed at that small cohort of drivers who continue to engage in risky behaviour.