'Life saving' reduction in speed limits proposed for major north Dublin routes

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Many parts of Dublin’s northside could see speed limits drastically reduced in an attempt to prevent road deaths.

Public consultation will begin on the new proposals tomorrow, which will still see 30km/h as the limit for most of the city and suburbs, and a new 40km/h limit on a number of northside roads.

Last month, the road safety section proposed a 40km/h speed limit on Griffith Avenue, Collins Avenue, Oscar Traynor Road and Malahide Road

However, the bylaws going out for public consultation include many northside roads including parts of Glasnevin Avenue, Howth Road, Coolock Lane, Grace Park Road, the coastal Clontarf Road and the Causeway Road out to Bull Island.

The limit under the proposals for the rest of the city would be 30km/h

Some major approach roads, such as the N1 and N2, would retain higher restrictions of 50km/h and 60km/h.

But their speeds would drop to the lower 30km/h when reaching the city.

A speed of 80km/h would be permitted only on a section of the Chapelizod bypass and the entry to the M1 motorway.

The council said that the 10 km/h drop “could be the difference between life and death for a vulnerable road user like a pedestrian”, reports the Irish Times.

Brendan O’Brien of the council’s traffic department said: “The probability that a pedestrian will be killed if hit by a motor vehicle increases dramatically with speed.

“Road Safety Authority statistics show that lower speeds dramatically reduce the number of people killed in collisions: one in 10 pedestrians will die when hit by a car at 30 km/h; at 50 km/h, five people in 10 will die; and at 60 km/h, nine out of 10 pedestrians will die.

“Other studies show that three in 10 pedestrians will die when hit by a car at 40 km/h.”

Public submissions on the proposals can be made to the council online at dublincity.ie or by email at speedreview@dublincity.ie.

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