Sinn Féin TD, Darren O’Rourke has called for a comprehensive roads strategy for Meath following a rise in the number of fatal collisions within the county.
He told Meath Live, ” Tragically, we have had 9 fatalities on Meath roads so far this year, up from 5 in the same period last year. This is most regrettable and our thoughts are with those individuals and families affected.
“Other figures released today indicate that while serious collisions are thankfully down from 36 to 20 (-44%), non-serious collisions are up from 70 to 109 (+56%). Overall, total collisions have increased by 24% this year compared to last.
“These figures are concerning and require a comprehensive response. We need to understand what is causing this increase and it needs to be addressed. Covid has been a major influence on road activity for the past 20 months, not just last year, so this year-on-year rise is significant.
“Following today’s meeting of the Meath JPC, I contacted Meath County Council, as the roads authority, and called on them to work with An Garda Siochana and the Road Safety Authority to set out a response to these growing figures. This might appropriately involve enhanced signage, engineering solutions (e.g. traffic calming, hedge cutting, road surfacing, etc), driver awareness campaigns, and increased enforcement, for example.
“Unfortunately, we have a number of blackspots in the county where numerous collisions have occurred. Oberstown Cross is an example. Low cost works by Meath County Council have not been successful there. Between the different responsible authorities, proper solutions need to be implemented at locations like this as a matter of priority.”