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Ferris highlights rural road deaths

6 February, 2008

Kerry North Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris succeeded in having the issue of deaths on rural roads raised in the Dáil this evening. Deputy Ferris secured an Adjournment Debate to which the Minister for Transport replied on behalf of the Government.

Deputy Ferris said, "The ongoing scale of death as a result of road traffic accidents in rural Ireland was brought home to us once again in the past week with a number of tragedies around the country. While there are many factors involved, I am raising this at the moment in order to draw attention to the need for clear road markings and signage as I am aware of a number of cases where these have been factors in road deaths.

"It is absolutely vital therefore that road signage and markings are laid out clearly especially on the more dangerous roads where vehicles are likely to be travelling at higher speeds or where there may be more than the usual number of hazards. It is also important that the relevant authorities take responsibility for the maintenance of the roads and road markings as unfortunately this has been a matter of dispute in certain cases." ENDS

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