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02/08/2021

Speed van needed to save lives on Laois road

Garda speed vans to monitor 60kph speed limit at Kildare motorway roadworks from next week

Local councillor says a garda speed van is needed for dangerous road.

Go safe speed vans are the only way to stop speeding and save lives on the R420 in Killamullan, according to Cllr Tom Mulhall.

The Portarlington/Graiguecullen councillor spoke out in the wake of a number of accidents that have taken place on this road over the last number of years, with one fatality and others with serious injuries.

“Most of the accidents were single vehicle crashes with a lot of damage done to walls, fences and hedges belonging to residents who live alongside the road,” he said.

“The residents are living in fear on this road they can’t let their children out to play on the front lawns in case of vehicles crashing in over the fences. Laois County Council have received funding of €200,000 from the Department of Transport to carry out safety measures, which I welcome.”

He revealed that the council’s road design team are presently working on these safety plans at present and are in consultation with the residents. However, the councillor expressed his doubts that even with these safety measures from this funding it won’t be enough to get motorist to comply with the speed limit.

“From recent traffic counts carried out by Laois County Council there is a very big volume of vehicles travelling on this road daily. I can’t see why Laois County Council and the gardai can’t come together and locate a go safe speed van on this road. It could save lives and save people from serious injuries,” he said.

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