Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has called on Wicklow County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to conduct an urgent safety review into the danger to motorists posed by the increased numbers of deer on the N11 / M11, before somebody is seriously injured or worse, following reports of a number of accidents and near misses along the road.
“I have been approached by road users who are gravely concerned at the numbers of deer who have become increasingly evident along the grass verge on the N11 / M11. The worst section of the road affected is that of the Northbound Junction 16 on the M11, and the south exit to Newtownmountkennedy on the N11.
One motorist that has contacted me has had two accidents on the N11, thankfully he wasn’t injured. However, there is a sizable cost to repair his car, the first accident cost €4800 and the second in the region of €3000.
There are very serious concerns here from motorists that if action is not taken, we are going to see more accidents, possibly resulting in serious injury or even fatalities to road users. Wicklow County Council and the National Roads Authority need to conduct an urgent safety review of the danger to traffic and introduce measures that will guarantee the safety of drivers.
There has been a significant increase in the deer population in the area in recent years, which is forcing numbers away from their traditional areas, as they seek new food sources. This is leading to a public safety issue and must be addressed immediately before the situation results in a tragedy.”