Lower rural speed limit will save lives
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar's promised review of speed limits on rural roads is long overdue. The current speed limits of 80kmh and in some cases even 100kmh on virtually all rural roads are in many cases wildly excessive, as the fact that most fatal road accidents now occur on such roads, attests.
As anyone who drives regularly on rural roads well knows there is a coterie of drivers, mainly but not exclusively composed of young men, who regard the speed limits on rural roads, no matter how inappropriate, as a minimum rather than a maximum speed at which to travel.
It is surely no coincidence that this age-group accounts for a disproportionate number of road accident fatalities.