Posters, road signs and safety

Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:25

Sir, – The pursuit of those political miscreants who jumped the gun and erected political posters in advance of the official start date for the May 23rd European and local elections, in addition to those candidates who did not remove their posters on time after the elections, has, I believe, broad public support (“Over 90 fines for unremoved election posters issued in Dublin”, July 24th)

Perhaps Dublin City Council and the other three local authorities of South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and Fingal might now turn their attention to the more serious matter of the many thousands of illegal posters defacing road signs at every roundabout, crossroads, traffic light and junction in the county offering to “buy cars for cash”. These posters, which are in breach of the Litter Pollution Act, have become a permanent feature at many of our main junctions.

The posters, many of which cover Yield and Stop signs at road junctions and roundabouts not alone present a hazard to drivers, but are a blatant display of contempt for the rule of law.

Can we expect the statutory fine for each individual illegal political poster erected to be extended to these other posters, in addition to the cost of removing them, or will tax- and ratepayers be stuck with the bill as usual? Yours, etc,

TOM COOPER,

Templeville Road,

Templeogue,

Dublin 6W