Traffic Cops in Cobh Could Get Safe Space to Stand

By Seamus Whelehan


“Where can the Gardaí stand in safety?” in Cobh, to catch speeding vehicles, was the burning questions at the October Sitting of the Cobh Municipal District.

The question was posed by Cllr Cathal Rasmussen, in a debate over huge concerns regarding the Municipal District Traffic Management in parts of the Great Island.

The Cobh based Cllr made an impassionate plea for safety measures to protect the public from speeding vehicles in Ballymore, Marlogue and East Ferry.

He told the Executive that traffic calming measures and warning signs are needed to help reduce the speed of motorists.

They are flying down Ballymore Hill along towards Cuskinny, and in the Marlogue area they are speeding towards East Ferry, said Cllr. Rasmussen.

In response, the Borough’s Senior Engineer, Ger O’Hora, said the issue of speeding is a matter for An Garda Síochána but, in the meantime, he would look at installing driver feedback signs and signage warning motorists to slow down.

“One of the reasons why the Gardaí don’t go out there is that there is no safe place to stand at the side of the road” said Cllr Rasmussen.

“If they want locations to stand” said Mr O’Hora “they can talk to us. We may be able to give them a place to stand.”