Denis Naughten

“Funding for school safety will save lives” – Minister Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten

The allocation of Government funding to improve road safety within the vicinity of schools in counties Roscommon and Galway will reduce speed and save lives, claims local Minister Denis Naughten.

“Over €1/2m has been allocated in Clár funding to Galway and Roscommon County Councils to slow down traffic close to schools around the constituency,” says Denis Naughten.

“Ireland has one of the highest level of child pedestrian deaths in western Europe, with children killed or injured while walking on our roads, which is part of the reason that parents will not let children walk or cycle to school.

“Research in the UK has shown that for every 1mph increase in the average speed, there is a 5% increase in the number of road accidents. So every measure that slows traffic will save lives.

“Over a long number of years I have pushed various Governments to improve road safety around schools and this investment is a significant step forward in addressing this issue,” concluded Denis Naughten.