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Fury as speed signs put up after driver fined

AN angry Dublin motorist who claims he was fined for speeding on a road with inadequate speed limit signs feels he was unjustly ticketed.

Jamie Stafford from Glenealy, Co Wicklow, is one of a number of motorists who have complained to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) about poor signage on Drummartin Link Road in Sandyford.

Mr Stafford was fined €80 for driving at 78kph in a 50kph zone that he claims had no signage -- apart from at the spot where the garda checkpoint was situated.

"I was coming along and doing 78kph because I thought the speed limit was 80, but a garda stepped out from under a 50kph sign and gave me a ticket," he explained.



Long

"I was coming off the M50 and I came up along a slip road at Exit 13 where there's a 50kph speed limit. But then, when you go around the roundabout there's no speed limit sign before the garda checkpoint, and it's a long stretch of road."

DLRCC has admitted that it received "a number of complaints" from people that have been caught speeding on the same section of the Drummartin Link Road in Sandyford.

"We have since investigated the need for additional signage to restate the appropriate speed limit of 50kph and hopefully to remind drivers of their role in road safety, i.e to slow down, given that they are driving in an urban area."

But Mr Stafford still hasn't been able to successfully appeal the €80 fine, even though DLRCC identified a need for additional signage.

He insisted: "There was nothing related to the speed limit until where the guard was standing with the speed gun. There was no other sign between the entry to the slip road and where I got stopped.

"I was willing to take the ticket but then when I saw why I didn't adhere to the speed limit I complained. But the guards have said a fine is a fine."

A garda spokesperson said he could not comment on individual cases. But the DLRCC spokesperson confirmed: "We have now provided additional high visibility signage for motorists as we recognise that this area caters for a number of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and school children, who access St Benildus School and the Luas station.

"If these additional signs prove successful it may remove the need for the Gardai to allocate resources to carry out speed checks at this location."

Meanwhile, Mr Stafford is adamant that he would not have been driving over the speed limit if adequate signage was placed in the area.



Constant

"I would have seen the signs. I went back there two days ago after I complained and they've new signs erected."

Meanwhile, Conor Faughnan from AA Roadwatch agreed that lack of speed limit signs is a constant complaint for motorists in Dublin and across Ireland.

He added that motorists often fall victim to "imperfect signposting" on roads where their engineering and layout suggest that they should be 80kph.

"This man is unfortunately the victim of something that affects a lot of motorists nationwide."

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