Harsher penalties good for road safety but proper resources for Gardaí essential – Ellis

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Transport Dessie Ellis TD today spoke on how new penalty points targeting more dangerous offences will be policed and how road safety standards will be maintain in the coming years. He made his comments, at the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, in light of serious cuts to Garda resources which are essential in making our roads safe.
Deputy Ellis continued;
“Speeding, mobile phone use and not displaying L-plates or driving unaccompanied are serious threats to the safety of other road users and pedestrians. We need to review the points system to ensure that these acts are heavily discouraged and I welcome this.”
“The problem comes in policing. Our roads are not just safer because of a system of points it is because of the diligent and dedicated work of an Gardaí who are tasked with ensuring the law is obeyed on the road everyday.”
“It is difficult to see how an Gardaí can implement these points when they have been savagely cut by this government. ”
“We are seeing stations close or shut their doors earlier and cuts across the board which seriously draws into question whether these points will be anything more than window dressing.”
“There is also the matter of education. Nearly 800,000 people have points on their licence in the state. Some of these are reckless disrespectful drivers who need to be discouraged to act in this manner or put off the road. Some though are simply bad drivers due to failing of the testing system and an absolute lack of any education on driving outside of private driving schools which while in many cases excellent are out of too many prospective drivers’ reach due to cost”

Woodhazel Residents fear for the safety of their Children

Woodhazel Residents in Ballymun fear for the safety of their children if BRL push ahead with plans to build a road through Coultry Park and Woodhazel.  The narrow road is already causing trouble for residents especially when there is an event taking place in Coultry Park.  Residents have committed to fight tooth and nails to ensure the works do not go ahead.  Local Sinn Féin Representative Noeleen Reilly said ‘it is about time the residents’ concerns were listened to.  The opening up of this road was in the original plans for Ballymun in 1995, but since then a number of other developments have not taken place.  If BRL go ahead an open up this road the residents will be sieged by Anti-Social elements as it will be become an escape route’.  A number of Local Residents wished to comment on the controversy.  Eugene Lynch ‘objects to the building of the road as it will be danger to children’.  Peter Hunt said’ I have my grandchildren visiting me; there is no way I could let them out if they open up the road.  It just wouldn’t be safe’.  Josephine Basnett also added ‘They don’t seem to care about the safety of the children or care about what the community want, They don’t live here, their children don’t play here and they haven’t been living on a building site for the past 25 years.’  Brl plan to have this as two way system and say there is enough room as well to park 1.5 cars either side.  This would be impossible and would certainly lead to accidents. Residents are open to negotiation; one suggestion would be instead of a road to build a path.  Negotiation means BRL would have to talk to the residents but they don’t seem to want to do that.  A petition by Residents was handed into BRL but has been responded to as of yet. END