“Like shooting fish in a barrel”

Councillor Francie Gilmartin called on Leitrim County Council to revise the speed limit on the Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon which at the moment he said is “being used as an underhanded money grabbing scheme manipulated to take advantage of the public in this vulnerable economic climate.”

Councillor Francie Gilmartin called on Leitrim County Council to revise the speed limit on the Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon which at the moment he said is “being used as an underhanded money grabbing scheme manipulated to take advantage of the public in this vulnerable economic climate.”

Cllr Gilmartin was referring to the speeding fines being generated from speed cameras on the Dublin Road. He asked that the speed limit be increased from 50km to 60km.

John McGuinness Director of Service, Infrastructure told Cllr Gilmartin “The determination of appropriate speed limits is a reserved function of the County Council, taking into account the advice of the Gardaí, the NRA, and Leitrim County Council Technical Staff. Given the location in question, the traffic volumes involved, and the activities along this section, it would not be appropriate to increase the speed limit as suggested. Indeed a strong case could be made for a reduction in the present speed limit on safety grounds.”

Cllr Gilmartin told the meeting he was “very unhappy” with the response. He said people were getting “screwed” doing 51 or 52km past Kennedys filling station. Cllr Mc Cartin supported the motion and said the “entire gatzo van system needs to be looked at.” He said “it degrades law enforcement hiding behind a ditch with a camera.” Cllr Gerry Kilrane said this was not just a Carrick issue and said it was like “shooting fish in a barrel.”

McGuinness said the council “couldn’t advise an increase in speeding limit.” He said the Gardai and RSA would need to be consulted - he said the motion “is contrary to everything being done nationally to lower speeds.”

Cllr Enda McGloin suggested the council write to the RSA about the particular stretch of road.