An Garda Síochána are conducting a national “Slow Down” 24-hour operation from 7am today to 7am tomorrow, Saturday October 20th.
The operation hopes to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. It also hopes to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.
In terms of road safety, 2017 was the lowest on record with 157 road deaths, however it is still 157 road deaths too many.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) recently welcomed the decision of Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee to progress with the introduction of speed limits in 31 suburbs.
Since 2010, IPH has supported policy development in relation to urban speed limits in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. IPH supported the introduction of 30km/h zones in Dublin, and also 20mph zones in Belfast.
The latest Dublin City Council public consultation report found that from an assessment of the existing 30km/h speed limit areas, all have recorded only positive outcomes. The report also recognises there is strong demand from residents in other areas not included in this phase to have their area included.
Dr Helen McAvoy, Director of Policy at the IPH, welcomed the decision made by Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee.
Dr McAvoy added: “The team at IPH has supported the development of 20 miles per hour zones in Belfast and 30 km/h limits in Dublin. The benefits go beyond reducing collisions and injuries in built up areas. Our submission to Dublin City Council in August 2016 presented evidence showing that 30km/h limits can facilitate people to play, walk, cycle and interact with their neighbours and wider community. Staying physically active and socially connected are important components of health and wellbeing and the bylaws may be of particular benefit to vulnerable road users including children, older people and people with disabilities.”