By Ronan Dodd
THE placing of speed camera warning signs around Nenagh has been met with a mixed reaction.
It is understood that the signs are part of a new road safety campaign being organised through the Road Safety Authority.
Mayor of Nenagh Cllr Seamus Morris said that he was “not very keen” on the idea of having the signs around the town.
“You have to wonder if they are there as a revenue collection device or as a deterrent. They are on very straight roads which leads me to question the reason why they are there” he said. The Sinn Fein councillor said that motorists were getting hit from all sides with VRT, motor tax and the NCT.
“There is very little support for the motorist. The motorist has become a cash cow for the Government,” he said.
Mayor Morris said that “everybody agreed with better road safety,” but the best policy was to have better bus and train services.
“Some 70 per cent of people in North Tipperary need their car to get to work, while 30 per cent use their car to leave the county to go to work. There has always been a policy to shove cars on to the roads. We need to have a policy to take cars off the road,” he said. However, Cllr Lalor McGee said the cameras were “a great idea”.
He warned that the cameras were in use and people had been caught speeding at locations where the signs were placed.
“People are now saying that they are on their guard. Anything that slows people down is to be welcomed,” he said.
The Labour councillor called for cameras to be placed near Nenagh Hospital at Tyone on the Thurles road. He also said that something needed to be done to make the pedestrian crossings around the town to make motorists aware of them.
“Some of the flashing lights aren’t working. Some of the lights can’t be seen,” he said.
Cllr Hughie McGrath also welcomed the new speed camera signs saying that they helped motorists to focus on their speed and encouraged them to slow down.
The signs were also welcomed by Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, who said that, as a resident on St Conlon’s Road she had received a lot of complaints about speeding, “especially near McDonagh Park, where you had a lot of children coming and going from training”.
“People had asked for speed ramps to be placed on the road, but these were found to be not suitable,” she said.
“Speeding has to be a tackled and is a problem,” said Cllr O’Dowd.
“The fact that the cameras can be moved around means that motorists won’t get used to them and will need to be more careful.”
The signs were also welcomed by Supt Bob Noonan, who said that anything that would get motorists to focus on their speed and driving was to be welcomed.