The PSNI has said that Northern Ireland is facing a road safety emergency after five people were killed in traffic accidents in just over one week.

In the most recent incident a 58-year-old man died after he was hit by a car in south Armagh yesterday evening.

A 29-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of a number of road traffic offences has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The five deaths since 1 January mean the number of deaths so far this year in the North is already the same as for the whole month of January in 2013.

PSNI Superintendent David Moore said someone dying on the roads every 48 hours equated to a month’s worth of carnage in a little over a week, with five families torn apart.

He said Northern Ireland's New Year's resolution on road safety has been broken already.