End of the road for crazy speed-limit signs
Local authorities have been ordered to take down high speed-limit signs on dangerous stretches of road.
They've also been told to remove any speed-limit signs which may confuse drivers or increase the risk of crashing.
In particular, they must get rid of the default 80kmh sign on roads clearly dangerous at such speeds.
Speed-limit signs like these at dangerous junctions must be replaced with stop or yield signs, the Irish Independent has learned.
Many 'boreens' and back roads carry the 80kmh sign at or just before treacherous bends, despite concerns raised by local residents.
Road safety experts and community groups have been warning that inappro- priately high speed limits, coupled with the absence of stop and yield signs, are to blame for many fatal crashes.
The order to review the speed limits and the location of the signs displaying them is contained in a circular sent to every city and county manager by the Department of Transport.
It carries photographic examples of signs erected "on sections of road not capable of being driven at the posted speed limit".
In one picture, two 80kmh signs are posted on either side of a narrow, potholed road just before a bad bend.
"It is clear the road cannot be driven at these speeds and the user should be slowing down," it says.
In another photograph, where a regional road is about to join a national road, two signs on the regional road display 100kmh, the limit on the national road.