Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has raised serious concerns at the considerable number of accidents occurring along the N11 at the Glen of the Downs.
Speaking this afternoon, Mr Brady said: “Many people in Wicklow will be well aware of the increasing number of accidents occurring on the N11, particularly along the stretch of road known as Glen of the Downs.”
“According to local Gardaí, between January 1st and October 24th this year, there have been 17 material damage collisions and 4 non-serious injury collisions along the Glen of the Downs.”
Speaking to Mr Brady, the Garda Superintendent noted that “the increase in collisions in the Glen of the Downs has not gone unnoticed.”
The Garda Superintendent also said that the common cause in all four collisions appeared to be loss of control due to “aquaplaning”, which occurs when a layer of water builds up between the wheels of a car and the road. This then leads to a loss of traction.
Mr Brady added: “The Garda Superintendent confirmed that on October 19th, four collisions occurred on this stretch of road. These collisions are preventable and action is needed immediately.”
“I have written to the National Transport Authority to raise serious concerns about this stretch of road and the need for an immediate investigation.”