20mph speed limit starts at local primary school

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
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20mphSinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed the announcement by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard that a 20mph speed limit will be in operation at Clonalig School, Culloville by the middle of this month. “This is welcome news and I commend the Minister and all those from the school, the wider community and Cllr Terry Hearty, all whom have constantly raised their concerns about the issue of traffic and speed in the vicinity of the school,” said the local MLA. Speaking about the recent scheme by Minister Hazzard aimed at introducing more part-time 20mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies, the Sinn Féin representative said, “Children and young people are among the most vulnerable groups using our roads both in the vicinity in schools and the wider community.
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Jan End 2017“A recent innovation by the Infrastructure Minister has seen the development of part-time 20 mph speed limits at schools, especially those on roads where the national speed limit applies. The speed limit at these schools is reduced to 20 mph at opening and closing times during term times. “The department is now testing alternative signing arrangements at ten schools. This test will allow them to assess the effectiveness of new arrangements against the existing systems and should also pick up any unforeseen issues.
Fearon added, “If successful a decision can then be taken whether there should be a comprehensive programme of part-time speed limits rolled out at all rural primary schools. It’s important that we do all in our power to reduce the levels of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.”

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