A senior member of the Tipperary County Council management has this week rubbished the suggestion to introduce the so-called ‘Jake’s Law’ - a 20km/hour speed limit around housing estates - as unworkable.
Director of Services Mr Marcus O’Connor was reacting to a series of Notice of Motions tabled at the March monthly meeting of the local authority calling for the backing of the 20km/hour speed limit around housing estates and also calling for traffic calming measures to be introduced to estates throughout the county.
The council is due to commence its review of the special roads speed limits within the county at the March meeting of the Strategic Policy Committee and it will have to be undertaken in conjunction with the National Roads Authority and the Gardai.
Any proposals from the SPC will come become the five Municipal Districts for consideration before any decisions are taken.
However, it was the Jake’s Law proposal which caught most attention with Mr O’Connor stating, “There is no provision in law for a 20km/hour speed limit at the present time.
“Now there may be something coming down the track in due course but I would advise the council members that 20km/hour is very very slow. It is only 12 miles/hour and I would suggest that if you were to drive home from this meeting today at 12 miles/hour, you would be pulled up for disrupting traffic.
“Statistics show that accidents in estates are relatively infrequent and most occur with reversing cars.
20km/hour is not enforceable and will not be enforced.
“However, the costs of changing signage and all of that will be quite considerable for something that will not be enforced,” Mr O’Connor said.
The Director agreed that traffic calming measures should be built into the planning of new estates but added that speed ramps are a very last resort as they can cause a lot of problem for emergency personnel vehicles.
Cllr Martin Browne described Mr O’Connor’s comments on the Jakes Law issue as being ‘very flippant’.
Jake’s Law is named after a Kilkenny child knocked down and killed in his home estate.