Speed ramps only to be used as a last resort in Kerry

Speed ramps will only be used as a last resort as a traffic calming measure by Kerry County Council on all new developments. Kerry County Council entrance In its draft policy adopted by members at their monthly meeting, the local authority outlined that ramps and rumble strips have unwelcome side effects such as noise, vehicle damage and possible injury. The Ambulance Service also has concerns over their effect on people with spinal injuries. Director of Services Charlie O’Sullivan says there has been an increasing demand for traffic calming measures in the county. The draft policy takes into account  the Department of the Environment’s Traffic Management Guidelines. The policy was brought to the members to be adopted, by Councillor Mike Kennelly. Sinn Féin councillor Damian Quigg proposed an amendment should include local knowledge on the number of incidents or near misses in an area, as well as the official data.