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Jake’s Law deserves governments full support – McDonald

17 February, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald urged the Government to play more than a passive part in supporting the parties Road Traffic Amendment Bill, otherwise known as Jake’s Law.

Deputy McDonald said:

“I want to extend our welcome and our thanks to Rosie, to Chris and to all the family and supporters of Jake’s Legacy who joined us this evening in the public gallery.”

“Jake’s Law creates 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. These are some of the statistics, but none of these precious children are statistics.  Jake is not a statistic.

“I have to say to the government that a passive stance is not sufficient. This Bill requires and deserves your active support. Jake’s Law cannot be lost at committee stage; it must become law without delay. That is what you pledged to Roseanne and the family. That is what you signed up for when you pledged support for Jakes Legacy.” 

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