SPEEDING ON RURAL ROADS

 

ROGER GARLAND,

Sir, - The suggestion by Jim Higgins TD on April 3rd that it should be mandatory for pedestrians walking on roads at night to wear reflective clothing is an interesting one. That the wearing of such clothing would save lives is undeniable, but deaths are also caused by motorists driving at crazy speeds on our secondary and local roads.

I would remind readers that there are virtually no rural speed limits on even the narrowest and most twisting of these roads. We call on the powers-that-be to reduce the general speed limit to 50 m.p.h. (all major roads could be designated at 60 m.p.h) and impose lower speed limits where appropriate.

Some years ago in England four ramblers returning from a walk were mown down and killed by a car on a narrow country road. Surely an accident waiting to happen here! - Yours, etc.,

ROGER GARLAND,

Chairman,

Keep Ireland Open,

Butterfield Drive,

Rathfarnham,

Dublin 14.