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Comment #252173 by Declan O'Neill

Declan O'Neill Feb 8th 2012, 12:57 PM #

About time! I’ve been on roads between Killarney and Kenmare and seen the road signposted at 100 km/h (sign being literally ON a bend) and there’s no way you could even get a car over 40 km/h in those conditions… pure madness that those signs would be allowed to go up in the first place.

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Speed limits across the country set to be reviewed

Speed limits across the country set to be reviewed

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced a major nationwide review to ensure that all speed restrictions are “both safe and sensible”.

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    Favourite Dáithí Mac Gualraic
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    Feb 8th 2012, 1:11 PM

    Just because the sign says 100 dosn’t mean ya have to keep to that speed through the bend. I think an allowance for common sense goes along way as opposed to firming a committee to review speed limits to then go off and make a whole batch of new signs and having them installed. At the end of the day the new sign/speed limit will have no effect on people’s driving habits.

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    Favourite Deke Diggler LLM,AO
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    Feb 8th 2012, 1:17 PM

    An allowance for common sense, come on now.

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    Feb 8th 2012, 1:37 PM

    Declan no offence but sounds like you shouldn’t be allowed on the road.
    If you can’t judge what speed you should take a corner at there’s something wrong.

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    Feb 8th 2012, 1:37 PM

    Common sense, come on here – I’m talking about people’s safely. Some idiot will go 80 or 100 on these roads because they’re “allowed to do so” — and maybe even kill someone in the process. Just as it’s unsafe to go 60 on a motorway that’s signposted at 120, these drivers are also a hazard… especially in the passing lane! (Don’t get me started on that one). There has to be signposts that enforce limits that are safe and reasonable for the state and condition of each road. The current system is crazy. National road = 100, regional road = 80, city = 50, etc. — they shouldn’t be setting the limit based on the “type” of road, it should be determined based on the actual conditions of each road itself.

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    Feb 8th 2012, 1:47 PM

    Declan an Idiot will always be an Idiot regardless of any sign you put in front of them. As for peoples safety please pull the other one all these new limits/signs will do is introduce another set of arbitrary rules that will allow us reap more money from the motorist.

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    Feb 8th 2012, 1:50 PM

    I agree with your point that blanket speed limits don’t work.
    Couldn’t and wouldn’t work on national roads in the sticks.
    Take forever to get anywhere then.

    Why we can’t operate a system like the Aussies have where speed limits change.
    Like during the hours kids are going to school limits in towns go down.

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    Feb 8th 2012, 2:02 PM

    Declan I think we both want the same thing. I think the only thing we’d differ on is how to get there. Personally I don’t see what’s wrong with just allowing every motorist be responsible for their actions no need to impose a system other than in areas of high traffic volume, anywhere else let common sense prevail. Signpost the approach to corners properly but instead of a speed limit let the driver know the type of bend they are entering into.

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    Feb 8th 2012, 2:45 PM

    @Dáithí Mac Gualraic: Now that makes sense, if people need to be told to slow down coming to a bend they should really be checked if actually save to drive. Common sense is a natural thing if allowed to be nourished but with the stupid speed signs around the country especially on secondary roads its especially needed. Speaking personally, my family home is a little off the main road up a steep little grassy boreen and there’s a sign smack bang as you turn off that says 80km p/h, now apart from having to go up this hill in 1st or 2nd gear, I don’t think anyone ever tried to reach 80km p/h up it.
    Common sense and physics dictate this, so yes they could of course be addressed but instead the shower in the Dial could spend a bit of time figuring out the mess we are in and try find a way to get business running and people back working. Let common sense take care of stupid speed signs for a while and lets focus on more pressing issues.

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