Unreported accidents mean the council cannot claim for funding to fix any issues with the road that maybe causing the accidents.
Cllr John King asked Laois County Council to engage with Fire Station Officers, Gardaí and Area Engineers to identify black spots for accidents so that they can be put on a programme of works in the interest of safety.
In a written reply to Cllr King at the recent Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting, Farhan Nasiem from Road Design said there was an ongoing engagement between these parties at present which culminates in a Road Safety Remedial Measures (RSRM) programme of works being carried out annually.
However, the local area engineer, Brenda Cuddy told the meeting that lots of small accidents are going unreported which means there is no evidence of an accident blackspot when the council looking for funding for the RSRM programme.
“It could be the case that there is something wrong with the road that could be easily fixed but we don’t know this when small accidents are not reported. In some cases a small amount of money could give a big return but the small accidents need to be reported too,” she said.
Ms Cuddy acknowledged that there was a link between all the services, it just needed to be used.
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