VIDEO: Hundreds take part in Sallins march for road safety

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VIDEO: Hundreds take part in Sallins march for road safety
16:40 Friday 14th of December 2018

A march involving hundreds of Sallins residents took place through the village today, again calling on Kildare County Council to take tangible steps to address the serious issue of road safety.

The Council has insisted that it is treating the issue very seriously and has erected Slow Down signs and has deployed speed vans in the village. Officials say other traffic calming measures will be considered after the Sallins Bypass project is completed next year.

Today's march, which followed on from the successful turnout of a previous march at the end of November, was intended to keep the serious issue of road safety in Sallins firmly in the spotlight.

Organised by a committee of local residents, with the support of Sallins Community Council, and local public representatives, the participants walked from the Castlefen estate through the village to the Oldbridge Station estate and back again.

A statement by the organisers thanked the local community for their support and input, and said that the turnout in local meetings and marches, and participation in working groups over recent months showed just how deep the level of concern about road safety in the village is.

The statement added: "Pointing to a number of serious fatal and near-fatal incidents involving motorists and pedestrians, the residents are united in calling for immediate action now to render Sallins safer.

"There are multiple strands to the campaign: Residents, including Sallins Community Council, are engaging intensively with the Council to secure specific measures which can be undertaken in the town to improve the issue – both long-term and more immediate steps.

"Motorists also have a responsibility to slow down, and to try to promote better driver awareness and behaviour.

"This is an issue on which we are all united and share a common objective - we will work together and with all interested parties to make that happen."

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