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“Jakes Law” Motion Passed in South Dublin County Council- Sarah Holland

13 April, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Sinn Féin Cllr Sarah Holland today welcomed the passing of her “Jakes Law” motion on South Dublin County Council.

Cllr Holland said:

“Jake Brennan was only 6 years old when he was knocked down and killed in a Kilkenny housing estate.  His parents started a campaign hoping to avoid this heartbreak for other parents by reducing speed limits.  The Government have passed this responsibility to local authorities.

“Jake’s Law would have created a standardised statutory speed limit of 20kmph per hour to apply in housing estates as defined in the legislation. The objective is to introduce a level of safety to those housing estates in which children live, play chasing, kick football, hurl and ride their bicycles.

“Between the years 1997 – 2012, 262 children aged 14 and under lost their lives and a further 1,115 were seriously injured on our roads, 57 % of child injuries occurred in built up areas.

“The motion had cross party support, and management here will be carrying out a mapping exercise.

“The issue of speeding in residential areas has come up again and again at residents meetings and traffic calming measures are hot on our agendas.

“The reduction of speed limits will safeguard our children”

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