GARDAI in Kildare are examining the possibility of putting an extra Garda traffic patrol car in the Leixlip area to monitor speeding on the M4 motorway.
Garda Chief Supt. Michael Byrnes told the Kildare Joint Policing Committee on 24 June said that while other reported crimes were down speeding is the only one increasing. “It is a huge worry,” he said, in the light of increased deaths on the roads this year. “We have had 450 accidents in a year and anyone could be a fatality,” he told the meeting at Aras Cill Dara in Naas.
Chief Supt. Byrnes said the Go Safe vans select dangerous areas for monitoring but some of these locations are now being changed.
Questions were raised on reports that Kildare’s penalty points, published by the Road Safety Authority, were so high and how county figures were computed.
Chief Supt. Byrnes said the county figure related to offences within the county, not the address of the offender. “It is not that Kildare is worse.We have high detection because we do not allow speeding,” he said.
Cllr. Fintan Brett said a lot of people were being caught at the motorway area around the Big Ball at Naas but was not their fault because of the change of limits and lanes. You have a three lane motorway but when you hit Naas it goes into two lanes and up to 120oph.
Cllr. Suzanne Doyle said it “seemed crazy” to have 60kph limits on three lane sections of the motorway on piece of road coming out of Dublin. “A lot of drivers don’t expect to hit 60kph on a motorway,” she said.
Chief Supt. Byrnes said 98% of drivers are compliant with the upper speed limits but there was lower compliance with the 60kph limits.
Cllr. Doyle thought this figure was high.
- Henry Bauress