Updated: 29/06/17 : 05:16:39
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New speed limits will not apply to all Sligo housing estates

The introduction of new special speed limit bye laws in residential estates has been welcomed by Sinn Féin Councillor Thomas Healy however some estates will not be included in these new safety measures.

“These new bye laws will reduce the speed limit in residential estates to 30 kph,” stated Cllr Healy. “The new laws will be coming into force on 1st January 2018 and signage will be erected in all relevant estates.

"These measures will certainly enhance safety for children and pedestrians in our housing estates and I have been campaigning for these measures for two years now, however the original proposition of the 20kph limit, Jake’s Law, is still my objective”.

“There is also a problem with the uniformity of these new speed limits,” continued Cllr Healy, "the Council bye laws will only apply to fully finished estates which are taken over by Sligo County Council.

"There are a number of estates throughout Sligo which have yet to be finished by developers and therefore the new safety measures will not apply to them.

"This is all the more worrying as it is often the case that new families with the youngest children are resident in these estates and are at the highest risk of an accident occurring. I have raised this issue with Council officials, some type of fastracking or exemptions will need to be looked at as it is vital that we have uniform speed limits in all residential estates in order to provide the highest safety measures for all citizens.”