“Five out of ten pedestrians will die if hit by a vehicle travelling at 50km/h,” declared Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) during the Clare County Council meeting in June.
Although there has been a ten percent drop in speeding offences in the banner county since 2016, there is still a growing concern among members of the Clare community about speeding vehicles.
Many people have enquired with Cllr Joe Cooney (FG) about the situation in the last year, he made an enquiry of his own at the recent Clare County Council meeting, asking when the speed limit review would take place. He also took time to acknowledge the community’s concern, saying that the county council are all “well aware” of the amount of people walking and cycling because of a change of lifestyle. He accepted the efforts made by An Garda Síochana to calm traffic and reduce speeding but he also made a point of how urgently a speed review is needed “in the interests of road safety”.
Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) insisted that residential zones should have a speed limit of 30km/h after revealing a shocking statistic, that five out of ten pedestrians will die if hit by a vehicle travelling at 50km/h where as a lesser amount of one in ten are likely to die if the speed of the vehicle is 30km/h.
After hearing this, many councilors agreed that a speed limit review should be brought forward.