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97% Of Drivers Speeding On Main Phoenix Park Route

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:14 19 Jul 2022

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Almost all motorists travelling through Dublin's Phoenix Park are breaking new lower speed limits.

A Freedom of Information request on speed surveys carried out in the park found 97 per cent of drivers were speeding on the main thoroughfare, Chesterfield Avenue.

In February, the speed limit was cut from 50km/h to 30km/h, while a one-way system was introduced on the North Road.

Local Green Party TD, Patrick Costello, says it's a disaster waiting to happen;

"The speeds recorded by the survey are frankly startling. For instance, on Chesterfield Avenue, the main thoroughfare, 97% of motorists were recorded breaching the 30km/h speed limit. This road has the Dublin Zoo on one side and the Wellington Monument on the other. Both are areas of high usage by families and children. The hard data shows that there is a blatant breaking of the law by almost every vehicle in the park."

He says the lack of enforcement isn't good enough;

"An Garda Síochána have a large headquarters in the park and should be liaising with the OPW to ensure it is a safe environment for all to enjoy. If this issue is continually ignored by both authorities, I am fearful of an inevitable tragedy taking place."

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