Gardai are to dedicate greater resources at dealing with speeding issues in and around Granard town despite an almost 25 per cent drop in serious collisions over the past 12 months.
It comes after members of the force were asked by members of Granard Town Council’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) to tackle the problem of speeding on Granard’s approach roads.
Two roads expected to take priority are the main road approaching Granard from Mullahoran and the approach road from nearby Ballinalee.
Cllrs PJ Reilly and Tommy Stokes led calls for the former to be given precedence due to the high number of commercial vehicles entering the town on a daily basis.
Inspector Paul Cuttle pledged to investigate both councillors’ anxieties further, but warned of the potential fallout designated speed checks can bring.
“We (gardai) will look at it, but the consequence of it is that locals will get caught (for speeding). It can create quite a bit of annoyance in that it is seen just as a revenue generating initiative,” he said.
Inspector Cuttle went on to point out taht checkpoints were geared more towards changing driver behaviour than raising money for the taxpayer.
In dealing with speeding concerns, another option open to the council, he added, was the possible implementation of traffic calming measures such as high visibility signage.
“All of our checkpoints are targeted along collision prone zones,” he said, before confirming 96 per cent of speed enforcement in Longford last year took place on roads susceptible to accidents.
Cllr Sean Howard said his own personal circumstances have led him to avail of the town’s pedestrian crossing ,ore frequently in recent months.
This, he said, had become more steadily more daunting due to the high volumes of traffic that pass through the town.
“I do use the level crossing quite a bit and it is quite intimidating.
“They (cars and lorries) are probably under the speed limit but they are very intimidating if you happen to be hobbling across,” he said.