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SF seeks cross party agreement in Wexford not to poster accident blackspots

30 April, 2007

Sinn Fein County Councillor and General Election Candidate, John Dwyer, has put forward a proposal to all political parties to refrain from postering accident blackspots or  to move those which have already been erected to more suitable locations.

Cllr. Dwyer said:

"Some months ago I had written to all political parties in an effort to gain cross-party support for this proposal. I believe that we need to try everything possible to reduce the carnage on our roads and not have more families grieving during this election campaign.
I was delighted to secure cross party agreement at Wexford County Council which then compiled the list and forwarded it to each party.

During the last election campaign I noticed a proliferation of posters at key junctions in County Wexford. At one particular junction I counted 22 posters! Places such as Scarawalsh Junction, Larkins Cross in Barntown and Kents Cross are all danger zones. Fatal accidents have happened at these junctions and it is my view that as political parties who are all trying to put forward proposals to improve road safety, then we should lead by example.

I am proposing that other counties follow suit and identify their accident blackspots  such as those busy junctions which have been plastered with posters and which are designed to distract peoples attention. It is not too late to move those already erected to more suitable locations.ENDS.

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