Road death rate must be slowed

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

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

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