Appeal for safe erection of
THE Donegal Road Safety
Working Group has once again issued an appeal to
candidates contesting the upcoming General Election
to ensure that when erecting election posters in
Inishowen, to place them in a way that they do not
obscure road signs and that they do not interfere
with road safety.
Election candidates tend to place their posters in
areas such as on roundabouts, speed limit signs,
statutory road signs, directional signs, road works
signs, stop or yield signs and other crucial areas.
The signage on our roads, whether erected by the TII,
Local Authority, the Gardaí or construction and road
repair teams, is there to ensure the safety of
motorists and all road users, so it is important
that no action is taken that either obscures the
signage or distracts road users from their content.
Road Safety Working Group appeal for
mindful erection of election posters.
Brian O’Donnell, Road
Safety Officer states that this can create problems
for motorists. “We understand that candidates need
to erect their posters in their opinion, at the best
possible locations, but by placing them in certain
areas, this can lead to problems for motorists and
pedestrians, such as vision impairment, obstruction
or distraction, which could lead to a collision.
In the interest of road safety, we are appealing to
candidates to be conscious of where posters are
placed and secure them properly. It is the army of
volunteers who will be doing most of this work and
it is very important for them to remember that
operating on the roadside, carries added risk.
One of the ways you can address this is to park up
in a safe location, not to cause any obstruction and
wear high visibility clothing. Posters should also
be secured properly as during storms posters are a
safety issue when they become detached and are a
danger to pedestrian, cyclists and motorists. We
would also urge all candidates to remove posters as
soon as possible after polling”.