Residents claim speed limit in Mid Kerry village means nothing

It’s claimed a speed limit in a Mid Kerry village means nothing.

Members of the South and West Kerry Municipal District meeting received a deputation from the Castlemaine Community Group, which says speeding in the village is a serious issue and it needs urgent addressing.

The deputation says motorists are not obeying the 50 kmph speed limit in Castlemaine village.

It’s claimed motorists are putting the lives of many at risk, including students in Kilcolman National School and retired persons who cross the road to access the post office.

The deputation adds speed is a serious issue, and they’ve called for a pedestrian crossing in the village and for speed vans to be stationed there.

Councillor Mike O’Shea, who brought the deputation, agrees speed is a major concern; he says a pilot programme is in place which harvests information from flashing speed signs on the Tralee side of Castlemaine.

He adds this data may be used to combat speeding in the village.

Kerry County Council engineer Padraig Teahan says Castlemaine is on Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s radar for improvement works; however, he says it’s unlikely any works will take place until 2021.

The council says it will write to An Garda Siochana in relation to increased speed monitoring in the village.