The Road Safety Authority has received dozens of emails from people expressing fears about “death trap” roads and speeding in rural areas, as well as inappropriate signage and penalty points.
The messages to the authority and replies to them were released under the Freedom of Information Act.
In almost all cases, the authority replied to say it had no role in relation to speed limits, signage or penalty points, and that these were matters for the National Roads Authority or An Garda Síochána.
Other complaints to the RSA on roads included one from an area of the Wild Atlantic Way that had become busy with tourists since new signs were erected. A resident living on the Sheep’s Head peninsula near Bantry wrote to say traffic had “quadrupled”.
“The cars are driving in the middle of the road, cyclists are riding on the wrong side, and in the middle of the roads and the walkers well they have no understanding of the amount of traffic on the roads, ” the writer said. “It is only a matter of time before someone gets killed. They all think it’s a country road and don’t realise that they are the main roads for the peninsula.
“Last summer a car overturned in front of my house. The French people in the car were not hurt badly but the car was a write-off.”
In Cork, a taxi driver complained of receiving three penalty points for driving at 60km/h in a 50km/h zone at 2.40am.
Another taxi driver in Dublin complained of the 30km/h speed limit in the city, saying he was being “overtaken by numerous push bikes, including the blue Dublin City Bikes” if he stuck to the limit.
“I had drivers shaking their fist at me, cursing me, ” he wrote. The limit was “impinging on the ability of taxi men to go about doing their daily work.”
Another driver complained of speed limits of 60km/h on the M7 motorway from Newbridge. The limit had resulted in “harassment from other drivers in the form of light-flashing, horn-blowing, tailgating and hand gestures”, the driver said. “I get the feeling I am the only person observing this speed limit and am beginning to wonder if I am in the wrong here.”
Another person wrote to express “disgust” after a woman caught driving at 187km/h escaped with a fine of €500: “What planet” was the judge on, the writer asked.
The authority replied to say it was not in a position to comment on matters relating to the judiciary or to court cases.