Road Speeds in Ireland are stupid and unplanned seem to be simply placed on the roads, independent of how straight of winding they are.
In the South East of Ireland there are some glaring examples of this stupidity.
The most obvious being the Waterford Outer Ring Road and Kilkenny Outer Ring Road
Speeds : The Waterford Outer Ring Road is 80kph and the Kilkenny Ring Road is 100kph.
Road Type : Both are Dual carriage way style, with 2 lanes of good quality.
Speeding : No obvious speeding on Kilkenny Road, in Waterford it is happening all the time and there is a very limited Garda presence near the Six Cross Roads but really this limit needs to be upped to 100 kph !!
I am sure that a percentage of people who get caught for speeding are confused … how can a big dual carriage-way road be 60 when a boreen or lane way with grass up the middle can be 80 kph? Also some roads go from 100 to 50 in one stage, it should be 100 – 80 – 60 – 50. There is one bend on the way into Ballyhale which is 100, as you approach a 50kph area. Recently there have been some accidents on this road, some fatal, some involving large vehicles and trucks, because it is marked as 100 and you can really only take this bend at 60 – 65. (If I have a chance I will update this post with some examples)
The roads authority really have to take a good look at roads and plan the speeds based on the safest and most common sense speed. Lets see how long that will take to happen??
Road Speeds in Ireland are not standardised and without enforcement, what is the point is having speeds. Roadside speed cameras are present on some roads but the only solution to speeding in my view is average speed cameras, as there is no real way to bypass those.