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Should there be a 30km per hour speed limit in more residential areas?

Dublin City Council wants to know what you think.

Jake Brennan
Jake Brennan
Image: Jake's Legacy/Facebook

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL wants members of the public to give their views on the proposal to expand a 30km/hour speed limit in certain residential areas in the city.

The council is proposing to continue its rollout of 30km/hour speed zones that were first introduced in Dublin in 2005, and expanded in 2010.

The public consultation process will take place from today until 24 August.

DCC is also looking for feedback in relation to identifying possible additional roads and streets for the next phases of the proposal. Expansion details can be viewed online here or in person at the council’s offices on Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

There is currently a 30km/hour speed limit in the city centre in Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Marino in Dublin 3 and Irishtown and Ballsbridge in Dublin 4.

Jake Brennan

Jake Brennan’s family set up Jake’s Legacy to campaign for reduced speed limits in residential areas after the six-year-old died when he was hit by a car outside his home in Kilkenny in June 2014.

Speaking in favour of the proposed 30km/hour speed limit expansion in Dublin, Jake’s mum Roseann said: “We need to act now for prevention of more senseless deaths.

It adds a little time to your journey, but, trust me, that’s a lot better than a life sentence of knowing you took an innocent life. Whether you’re a driver or not, just witnessing someone getting knocked down and lose their life is enough to change your life forever – believe me, I know firsthand.

Ciarán Cuffe, the chairperson of DCC’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee, noted: “21% of all road deaths every year are caused by excessive speed, with 54% of those fatalities being pedestrians.

“London has already introduced 20 mile/hour speed limits in wide areas and Edinburgh has begun to roll out 20 mile/hour speed limits this summer to cover 80% of the city.

“A number of other European cities are progressing to introduce speed limits similar to our 30km/hour proposal, such as Paris, Lyon, Manchester, and many cities and towns in Switzerland and Spain. Lower speed limits save lives and improve the quality of life in our cities,” Cuffe said.

Read: ‘God, it’s so hard’: Jake Brennan’s mother speaks out on his first anniversary

Read: Victory for Jake Brennan’s family as council backs 20km speed limit

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