Road death rate must be slowed
The carnage on our roads, with crashes not just every weekend, but almost every day, must be taken seri- ously and addressed. There is a death on our roads every 19 hours, and that concentrates one’s mind on the lapses in road manners, road safety, and legislation. Traffic-calming measures have been requested for many of our roads, in towns and villages and housing estates.
When I asked for traffic-calming measures to be constructed in certain areas of East Cork, I was advised that “such could not be put in place, where there are bus routes”. Residents requested ramps, but were refused, “as it is a bus route”. Traffic-calming measures leave a lot to be desired and do not succeed in their objectives.
They are like chicanes in Formula One car racing.
They comprise signs surrounded by concrete bollards or parapets and are often badly lit.
They are not painted clearly enough, according to the requirements of the National Roads Authority and there should also be reflector strips. Many drivers do not see these signs and, once they get through these narrow passages, they find themselves on the straight road again, and are inclined to resume speed.
The areas between traffic-calming bollards should be painted a different colour, such as red, so that drivers know they are in a zone of controlled speed. There will never be adequate garda surveillance for all villages and small towns and, unless permanent cameras are installed in these areas, people will continue to break the law.
And why are cars that can reach 150 miles per hour allowed into the country, when the speed limit is 75 miles per hour?
It is a nonsense, but then we are very good at nonsense. We have any amount of legislation that is not enforced.
We must work on a number of aspects of road safety and much can be done through regulation and enforcement. Human life is sacred — protect it! Cllr. Noel Collins Midleton Co. Cork