Concern over danger to children by speeding cars

By Aideen O'Flaherty

RESIDENTS of De Selby estate have described issues with speeding in the estate as becoming “serious” as there are concerns a child may be hit by one of the speeding cars, according to a local councillor.

Actions including the erection of yield signs and the painting of yellow lines within the estate have been suggested by residents as potential solutions to the speeding issues. However, South Dublin County Council has stated that there are numerous traffic calming measures in the area.

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De Selby estate residents are concerned about speeding

Fianna Fáil councillor Charlie O’Connor, who contacted the council on behalf of the residents, told The Echo: “I have been receiving a number of calls from local residents and they tell me that there is a serious issue with speeding in the estate.

“They believe the speeding cars are creating danger, and a child could get hit by one.

“I think we need to maintain pressure on the council to ensure action is taken.”

In response to an enquiry submitted by Charlie O’Connor, SDCC stated that double yellow lines are “not recommended” for the area, and that the entrances to housing estates within South Dublin contain signs warning motorists that the speed limit is 30kph, that there are children at play and to slow down.

The council added that the proliferation of on-street parking within the county has a “positive” traffic calming effect, as motorists have to stop and wait.

They also stated that there is “no ambiguity at the junctions in De Selby” and as such all standard-shaped,

T-Junctions Rules of the Road apply.

A spokesperson for the council told The Echo: “Instances of speeding in De Selby estate have not been reported to the council.

“The council is presently carrying out a review of the implementation of the 30kmh speed limit in residential estates which involves speed checks.”

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