Council to review crash stats

Kerry County Council is to examine the most up to date accident statistics in the vicinity of popular viewing areas on the Ring of Kerry road following calls from Councillor Michael Cahill.

The Fianna Fail Councillor - who raised the matter at a recent meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District - had called on Failte Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to introduce safety measures at viewing areas at Mountain Stage, Glenbeigh and Kells Bay.

Cllr Cahill said he had received numerous reports about accidents and near misses from members of the public.

The Rossbeigh Councillor said the viewing areas were some of the most visited in the country.

"This is a major health and safety matter and I am extremely concerned that someone will be seriously injured or killed," he said.

"Visitors from all over the world are pulling in and out of these viewing areas and have no understanding of the dangers" said Cllr Cahill.

On foot of Cllr Cahill's request Kerry County Council's Road Design Office will now review the most recent accident statistics for the section of the N70 where the viewing areas are located to ascertain if the area should be referred to TII as a 'High Collision location' where emergency safety engineering works are needed.