Nearly 90% of drivers are speeding in one Waterford community

Justin Kelly

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Nearly 90% of drivers are speeding in one Waterford community

Nearly 90% of drivers are speeding in one Waterford community

Reacting to the results of a recent speed survey on the Carrick Road in Portlaw, Sinn Féin Councillor for the Comeragh District Declan Clune has called on drivers to slow down and observe the speed limit and the information provided by the new driver feedback signs which have been installed by Waterford City and County Council at his request.

Cllr. Clune said, "Waterford City & County Council conducted a speed survey from June 19th to June 25th 2018 on the L4033 Carrick Road in Portlaw. This survey was part of the process involved in justifying the installation of Driver Feedback signs which I had requested from the Council two months previously."

"The results of the survey were staggering; 13,695 vehicle movements were tracked during that 7 day period with 87.31% of those vehicles exceeding the 50 kph speed limit, with one vehicle surveyed travelling at an astonishing 129kph."

"The L4033 Carrick road has historically had issues with speeding vehicles. It is a densely populated area with many young families and is a primary route to Portlaw NS and Portlaw GAA Club. It is also a major routeway linking the N25 Cork Road to South Kilkenny and Tipperary and therefore attracts a large amount of Heavy Goods Vehicles," Cllr Clune said.

"When the speed limit issue in Kilmeaden was finally resolved, I immediately contacted our Senior Roads Engineer and asked that the Driver Feedback Signs installed in Kilmeaden be removed and refitted on the L4033 Carrick Road in Portlaw."

"These new signs provide a visual warning to drivers if they are exceeding the speed limit and have been proven to be more effective at slowing down traffic than static signs which largely go unnoticed."

"In September a new mini roundabout is also to be installed on the Carrick Road which is another measure that will hopefully assist in slowing traffic down in the area. I am therefore asking people to observe the speed limit along the Carrick Road and to do their bit to ensure there are no accidents, or worse," Cllr Clune concluded.