Speed lim­its on coun­try roads defy logic

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir,– Hav­ing re­cently re­turned from a driv­ing hol­i­day in west Mayo, I was quite dis­turbed by the num­ber of mi­nor roads that had warn­ing signs re­gard­ing twists and bends and pre­cau­tions re­lat­ing to the road edge, but with signs for a speed limit of 100 km/h.

Th­ese were not pri­mary roads and were of­ten not much more than the width of two cars.

The M50, with its three lanes di­vided from traf­fic com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion by a con­crete di­vide, has a 100 km/h speed limit for large sec­tions, yet this limit is deemed suit­able for ru­ral roads of­ten no big­ger than boreens and with­out any light­ing.

There were also 80 km/h lim­its on small lanes off th­ese mi­nor roads, where groups of peo­ple were try­ing to make their way on foot.

It de­fies logic that such speed lim­its are al­lowed on roads deemed dan­ger­ous enough to war­rant the warn­ing signs in place. – Yours, etc, GERRY GAFFNEY, Dublin 8.

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