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New speed limits at accident blackspot 09.09.08

THE speed limit has finally been reduced at a notorious accident blackspot outside Buncrana.
The limit has been reduced from 80kph to 65kph at the bad bend at Beach Halt, Lisfannon. The area has seen a number of crashes over the years, the worst of which claimed five lives including a mother and daughter in February 2006. Aija Porcika, 38, from Liepaja in Latvia had just collected her 19-year old daughter Ginta Veite from Dublin Airport and was returning to Buncrana with friends Marita Kerpe, 28, and Ricardas Bielskis, 35, when their car was in a head-on collision with a car carrying two Latvian men. Danielius Abartis, 23, also from Liepaja, died in the crash while the second man made a full recovery.
New speed limits at Beach Halt Buncrana The deaths prompted calls from local residents for safety measures at the site. These were recently introduced and include large 65kph speed signs on both approaches to the bend as well as a series of black-on-yellow reflective arrows alerting motorists to the curve of the road.
Garda Sergeant John O'Keeffe said he was delighted the new speed reduction measures had been installed.
"Gardai in consultation with the county council recommended that these road accident blackspots be dealt with. We are delighted to see that this particular blackspot in Lisfannon has received the attention it needed and I would hope that the new speed limits will reduce the number of accidents there."
Sgt O'Keeffe who retires later this month also called on the road safety authorities to immediately tackle Cockhill Bridge before a fatality occurs at the busy bottleneck.
"This bridge is far too dangerous and with the increase in the number of families living in the Cockhill area in recent times, I have real fears for the lives of children and parents using it. Urgent efforts should be made to build a new bridge and pavements out there before there is a fatality," said Sgt. O'Keeffe.
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