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Clare Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Joe Downey.

Clare gardaí issue bank holiday safety warnings

CLARE gardaí are urging motorists not to take risks on the roads this August Bank Holiday weekend, insisting, “it’s just not worth it”. The Garda Road Safety Campaign will run until Monday. Sergeant Joe Downey, Clare Crime Prevention Officer, said, “We are appealing to all road users to take extra care on the roads, as there will be an increase in the volume of traffic using our roads, especially this weekend. “Slow down, wear your seat belts, do not consume anything which may impair your driving, be well rested and, pedestrians and cyclists, wear appropriate high-visibility clothing when out and about.” He added that drivers should make sure that their vehicle is road worthy, especially in relation to tyres. “Worn tyres are a source of danger, especially if you have to brake hard,” he said. In relation to speed, he commented, “Remember, speed limits are a legal maximum and not a target to reach and may not be appropriate when …

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Road funding levels not sustainable

CLARE County Council’s senior engineer, Tom Tiernan has admited that funding levels have “crashed downwards” in recent years, leading to local authorities having to “abandon tertiary roads”. Tom Tiernan commented that the entire road network needs to be in a good condition to facilitate the country’s economic recovery, saying current funding levels are not “sustainable”. He was speaking following the release last week of the National Oversight and Audit Commission Report, which found that Clare had the highest percentage of “severe structural defects” on tertiary roads in the country. However, Mr Tiernan stated that the figure presented in the report for Clare “isn’t necessarily representative” of the situation in the county. As outlined in The Clare Champion last week, the report looked at the standard of primary, secondary and tertiary roads. League tables were compiled, with criteria such as surface defects, structural distress and pavement defects all considered. According to the report, 22% of tertiary roads in Clare were found …

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Minister Pat Breen

€1,056,700 extra funding for Clare roads

Additional funding of €1,056,700 has been allocated for the maintenance and strengthening of local road network in Clare. Twenty per cent of the funding can be used for Community Involvement Schemes (CIS) whereby an individual, or a group of people, with the consent of the road authority, can carry out maintenance and improvement works on local roads. This allows community participation, either in money or through the provision of road-machinery, excavators, road building material or labour in having lightly trafficked roads maintained to a good standard. Ten per cent can be invested in Local Improvement Schemes (LIS) – roads and laneways that have not been taken in charge by the council, the maintenance and improvement of which is a matter for the relevant landowner. In addition, approval can be sought from this extra allocation to fund urgent road safety projects which local authorities wish to progress this year. Deputy Pat Breen said the additional funding will ensure that Clare County …

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