New Speed Cameras only part of the solution
Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy commenting on the introduction of new
Speed Enforcement Camera System (Specs) on the Newry Belfast Road and
between Newry and the Border has said that speed cameras are only part of
the solution to reducing the number of accidents and deaths on our roads and
called on the British and Irish governments to convene an all-Ireland summit
to establish a single Road Safety Authority.
Mr Murphy said:
"These new cameras should make a difference and reduce speeds but they are only part of the solution to tackling the awful carnage on our roads.
"We need to target accident black spots and we need to invest in making roads safer. This means redesigning dangerous roads and ensuring that is money invested in maintenance. The fact is that 35% of all road deaths occur in the border areas cannot be disassociated from the huge under investment in the rural roads network. Yet under direct rule the Roads Maintenance and Structural Maintenance budgets have been slashed and the rural road network almost totally ignored.
"Education must also be a key tool in the fight against the carnage on our roads. Offender punishment alone will not work. We need Road Safety Programmes in schools including talks by road traffic victims and driver education courses. Raising awareness about the dangers of drink driving and excessive speed must also continue.
"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on the British and Irish governments to convene an all-Ireland summit to establish a single Road Safety Authority for the entire island.
"Over 300 people have died on roads across the island of Ireland this year. Tackling this issue is made all the more difficult because we have two separate transport systems on the island - different road signs, driver education and speed limits.
"The message needs to go out that the governments are serious about tackling
the tragedy of deaths on our roads." ENDS