Several locations around the county have been identified where drivers are flouting the speed limit, and Kilkenny County Council is looking at ways to increase compliance, including asking An Garda Síochána to focus on the areas in question.
A survey by the council found that, in the Piltown electoral area, the 50kph speed limits in Mooncoin, Kilmacow and Fiddown were largely not being adhered to. The average speed of 85% of drivers through the Mooncoin 50kph zone was 67.37kph, with 61.70kph the rate in Kilmacow and 64.50kph in Fiddown.
“The only thing that will slow anyone down is the threat of being caught,” Cllr Eamon Aylward (FF) said at a meeting of the Piltown electoral area. “The speed limits need to be enforced.”
The council is also planning to introduce engineering measures that will compel drivers to travel more slowly at the highlighted locations.
Cllr Pat Dunphy (FG) pointed out that any speed limit is a legal limit but is not an instruction to drive at that exact speed if the conditions are not suitable. “The speed limit isn’t always the speed that you should drive at. You should drive at the speed that is safe,” he said.
The locations in the Callan electoral area were the 50kph and 60kph zones at both the Kilmoganny side and the Knocktopher side of Newmarket, along with Kilmanagh and Tullaroan. Those in the Thomastown electoral area were the 50kph zones at The Rower, Bennettsbridge and Inistioge. The three locations examined in the Castlecomer electoral area were found to be compliant, on average, with the 50kph limit.