Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Road Safety

10:30 am

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I am glad the Minister acknowledged that but the problem is the resources are not being put in place for An Garda Síochána. We do not see enforcement happening on the roads. I saw a GoSafe van on the N4 this morning, which is a road with a 100 km/h speed limit. That road was absolutely open with practically no traffic on it but that was where the van was sitting. That is the problem people have. On the dangerous parts of the road, the vans are not seen. We do not see any enforcement in the areas where we really need to see it.

The other issue I raised, in regard to which I tabled an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill, is that of locations with high incidences of collisions, and dangerous stretches of road, dangerous junctions and a dangerous series of bends. Not enough money is being put in place for local authorities to deal with that. It is not just about having enforcement of safety measures to make people drive properly on the roads but also ensuring that people have proper roads to drive on. Serious incidents are happening. We have had them in counties Limerick and Carlow and various places. All the time, when these incidents happen, we hear reports of multiple collisions on that stretch of road over the previous decade and several people being killed on it. Why are we not making sure that those roads are made safer for people to drive on? That requires investment from the Government to ensure that those incidents are dealt with.


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