Saleen, Killeagh and South Abbey Nation School to Benefit from New Speed Restrictions

By Seamus Whelehan

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Speed restrictions are to be introduced to improve safety on roads close to three East Cork schools.

New 30 km zones will come into force later this year as part of East Cork Municipality’s work with Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s national speed review.

Scartleigh National School Saleen,  killeagh National School and South Abbey National School Youghal will operate  periodic speed limits during peak drop off and collection times.

East Cork Municipality Councillors told the January sitting of the borough, the restrictions should be extended to all schools in the county.

They said such a commitment would ensure all children going to and from school are as safe as possible on our roads.

Road safety data shows the likelihood of being killed or seriously injured in a crash is significantly lowered where a car is travelling at 30kph as opposed to 60kph.

Experts say nine out of ten pedestrians struck by a car travelling at 60kph will die, as opposed to five out of ten when a car is travelling at 50kph.

A 30kph speed limit reduces the probability of a fatality to just one in ten.

Senior engineer, Cork roads, David Clarke said the schools which sit next to some of the busiest roads in the county would have the 30kph restrictions in place during school hours and would revert to 50kph at weekends and school holidays.

Mr Clarke said while the schools are located close to some of the county’s busiest roads it was important to maintain a constant flow of traffic.

He said by permanently reducing the speed limit to 30kph it could lead to congestion.

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