A survey carried out in Celbridge last October suggests that while around a third of cars are breaking the 50kph speed limit, the average speed of those doing so was just under 56kph.
Speed checks were carried out on the R405 Newcastle road and on the L1016 Ardclough road between 3-7 October, following a request by Cllr. Frank O’Rourke.
On the Newcastle road over 7000 cars were checked on the Thursday, Friday and Monday while over 5,100 were 4,153 were checked on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The checks were carried out measuring traffic in both directions.
It found that just under 33% of driver exceeded the 50kph limit and the average speed of those doing so was 55.62%. The highest speed recorded was 95kph while the lowest was 10.3kph.
The average speed was 46.8 kph and 85% were averaging54.7kph
Traffic on the Ardclough road ranged betrween 1,721 (Sunday) and 2,074 (Friday) vehicles.
On this road, 58% broke the legal limit with the average breaker doing 59.18kph. The maximum was 102.8kph and the minimum 10.5kph. The average speed was 51.1kph and 85% were doing 62.6kph Cllr. Frank O’Rourke said the Arclough road is a “problem area” and traffic calming is needed, and possibly also help from the Gardai speed vans. Hazelhatch needs to be kept under review.