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Saturday 21 April 2018

40pc of motorists want to see increase in speed limits

Motorists want to see increase in speed limits
Motorists want to see increase in speed limits

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

FOUR in every 10 motorists believe that speed limits on our motorways are too low and should be raised.

The current limit of 120kmh on motorways and 100kmh on national roads should be increased to reduce journey times, a survey of more than 500 drivers says.

The report, by tolling operator eFlow, also says that one in seven motorists has admitted driving while over the drink-driving limit, while 40pc have seen friends driving after drinking. Some 5pc of drivers have also admitted driving under the influence of drugs at least once.

The Behaviour and Attitudes survey comes after the numbers killed on the roads increased last year by 28 over the 2012 figure – the first increase in eight years.

There has been a slight drop so far this year, but speed and drink-driving are considered among the primary causes of fatal road collisions.

Director of communications for eFlow, Simon McBeth, said the survey results were "alarming".

"It's a disheartening sign to see a significant proportion of Irish drivers admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances, especially as last year's figures marked a first-time increase in national road deaths since 2005," he said.

A national review of speed limits is currently under way, but Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has previously said that he has no plans to increase limits on motorways.

Instead, the national review is focused on eliminating inappropriate limits on lower-volume roads.

Irish Independent

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