Call to review speed limits after 19 road fatalities

12 Jan

Following a year in which 19 people died in road accidents in Co Kerry, there was a call yesterday for a review of speed limits in the county. Some of the existing speed limits were “not appropriate” to the roads they governed, claimed Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan.

He called for the lowering of limits on some dangerous road stretches, including some on the mountain route between Killarney and Kenmare. Some of these stretches are along one of the country’s busiest tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry, which is travelled by thousands of tour coaches and other vehicles each year.

“There’s not much sense in having a 100km/h limit on the road around Moll’s Gap and Ladies’ View, which is narrow, twisting and steep. A 50km/h limit would be more appropriate there,” said Mr Sheahan. “There’s an urgent need to review the limits so as to reduce the risk of more accidents and fatalities on our roads.”

Mr Sheahan said the 19 Kerry road fatalities last year — five more than the previous year — resulted in growing concerns about safety.

via Irish Examiner

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