Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gardai to clamp down on speeding in capital

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

GARDAI in Dublin are to mount a new offensive against motorists speeding in 50kmh zones and cyclists who break traffic lights.

And the new 'snail's pace' 30kmh speed limit along stretches of the city quays is here to stay.

The garda clampdown during this month and November is aimed at cutting the high level of vulnerable road users killed in the city.

More than three-quarters of those killed or seriously injured so far this year were vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

The high-risk time periods have been identified as between 4pm and 6pm Monday to Friday for vulnerable road users.

And the risk zone for fatal car crashes involving speed and alcohol is Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning between 12am-4am.

Speaking at the launch of the new Casualty Reduction Implementation Plan, Assistant Commissioner Gerry Phillips described the 49 people killed on Dublin roads over the past decade as unacceptably high.

A review carried out by the Garda Analysis Service found pedestrians were the single most vulnerable road user group in Dublin over the last 10 years, accounting for one in three fatalities (35pc).

Irish Independent

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