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Pearse Doherty calls for all Ireland approach to road safety measures

4 November, 2004

Sinn Fein Councillor Pearse Doherty has called for the government to adopt an all Ireland approach on road safety. Addressing a meeting of party activists in Donegal today as the Dáil debates the Road Traffic Bill he outlined the need for an all Ireland approach to speed limits and road signs.

Speaking after the meeting he said, "It is ridiculous that people living in border areas, especially in the North West, have to deal with changing road signs and speed limits several times a day. Not only does is cause confusion amongst motorists, who often inadvertently break some aspect of traffic law in the course of their daily travels as they criss-cross the border, but it is also potentially lethal.

"It is only logical that we should have the same speed limits in all 32 counties and that all road signs use kilometres per hour which is actually a requirement of EU legislation.

"I would urge the Irish Government to pursue this matter with the British Government as a matter of urgency so that a standardised set of traffic laws and regulations are introduced across the entire island." ENDS

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