All of us will be aware of the tragic number of deaths on our roads in Ireland, especially of vulnerable road users. Children, pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users and a wide variety of international scientific studies have proven that slower vehicle speeds result in fewer deaths. A 5km/h difference in speed could be the difference between life and death for a vulnerable road user. Hit by a car at 50km/h, 5 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed. But hit by a car at 30km/h, this figure reduces significantly to 1 out of 10 pedestrians.
dlr has amended its current Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye Laws to include the introduction of a 30km/h special speed limit on 742 roads in identified housing estates and local residential roads to protect our vulnerable road users. The new speed limits have been introduced in accordance with “Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits in Ireland” published by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, March 2015 and follow a period of study of traffic and speeds in the county.
The Bye-Laws will come into effect on 4 July 2017. The Bye-Laws and the areas covered by the new 30km/h speed limit may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the offices of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Transportation Department, Level 3, 1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01 2054700.