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Sinn Féin call for all Ireland approach to road safety measures

6 January, 2005

Sinn Fein Regional Development Spokesperson, Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has called for an all Ireland approach on road safety. The call came as plans were announced by John Speller about how the Department is responding to the metrification of speed limits in the south on January 20th.

Mr McCartney 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 will this 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.

"The insistence that there are no plans to introduce the metrication of speed limits here makes no sense. It would make greater sense to listen to people living in border communities who will have to live with the consequences of these differences.

"I would urge the British Government to rethink its position of this issue 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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