The Department of the Environment plans to increase speed limits on Irish roads.
Irish speed limits were reduced back in 1979 in order to save fuel during the oil crisis. Now the department is proposing to increase them again to bring them in line with our European neighbours.
The proposal is for a general increase from 55 miles per hour to 62.5. A study by An Foras Forbartha now says that the lower limit was not any safer. A special case is to be made for the Naas dual carriageway which will have a new speed limit of 75 miles per hour or 120 kilometres per hour. The department also proposes that all the new limits would be in kph as well as mph. The most controversial change to the law is the increase in the speed limit for heavy trucks from 40 to 50 miles per hour with one woman commenting,
I would prefer the heavy trucks to go slower rather than faster on the roads.
There are mixed views on the new limits from drivers. Gerry Reynolds meets Mary Murphy from Sandymount in Dublin who is getting her driving licence renewed just days before her 94th birthday. Mary started driving at the age of 68 and says of other drivers,
They're very inconsiderate when they see an old lady driving when she doesn't drive fast enough for them.
However, Mary takes no heed of other drivers and goes at her own pace.
An RTÉ News report by Gerry Reynolds broadcast on 28 January 1987.