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Tipperary Motorists Note New Mobile Phone Legislation

Within effect from May 1st 2014 all Irish motorists caught accessing information on their phones, in particular ‘Texting’ while driving, could face a fine of up to €1,000.
Under these new rules this mandatory fine will rise to a maximum of €2,000 for a second offence, and a possible three-month jail sentence, along with a €2,000 fine, for three offences or more within any one year period.

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Under Irish law it is already illegal to ‘Text’ while driving, however the changes will close off a loophole which could allow people to escape fines and penalties if they were operating a phone resting in a cradle or via a hands-free kit.

Minister for Transport Mr Leo Varadkar has signed this new amendment to existing legislation which will come into effect on May 1st of this year. A spokesperson for the minister stated he wanted to close a possible loophole which could meant that a driver caught ‘Texting’ on a phone resting in a cradle could potentially take a challenge through the Irish court system.

A Department of Transport spokesperson said ‘Texting’ while driving is now considered so serious that no penalty points will be immediately applied to those caught, resulting instead with the offender being summonsed to appear before the courts.

The Road Safety Authority has welcomed the tightening up of this legislation.

Two More Road Deaths In Tipperary

garda crestGardaí have confirmed that two men, possibly Waterford natives, have lost their lives following a road accident on the outskirts of Clonmel, Co Tipperary this morning.

It is understood that the single vehicle accident, involving a lorry carrying a mini-digger, happened sometime after 9.00am this morning on the Co Waterford side of River Suir on a narrow road at Tickencor, situated between Clonmel and Kilsheelan.

It is understood that the lorry was descending a steep hill when it accidentally overturned, killing both men instantly. Emergency services are expected to remain at the scene for some hours.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this collision to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052-6177640, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

These two latest fatalities now bring to eleven persons, the number of people killed on the roads of Tipperary in less than fourteen weeks.
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Thurles To Receive €510,000 Investment

Thurles set to become one of Ireland’s Active Travel Towns with €510,000 investment.

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly and Thurles-based Councillor John Kennedy have announced that Thurles is set to benefit from over a half million Euro investment and be designated one of Ireland’s Active Travel Towns. The initiative will see nine Irish towns granted funding for local cycling and walking strategies, including new cycle lanes, provision of walkways and behavioural change initiatives in local schools and workplaces to encourage people to switch their transport mode.

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This funding for Thurles will see the creation of cycle routes through the town of Thurles from Brittas Road, Kickham Street, Parnell Street and Stradavoher Road to be linked with off-road footpaths cycle paths along the Suir paths at Thomond Road Suir Crossing, College Lane Suir Crossing and at Scoil Bhride Railway crossing. Thurles will receive over half a million Euro (€510,000) which will go as an allocation to North Tipperary County Council. The total national fund comes to €6.6 million. The ‘Active Travel Towns‘ programme represents further investment in the National Cycle Policy Framework as set out under the Programme for Government.

“This is a real boost for Thurles,” stated Cllr John Kennedy. “The town has been crying out for some investment and thankfully we have a local Minister in Alan Kelly who is able to provide that. I’m glad to see it will bring some employment and will improve the ability for children to get more safely through the town and with less danger from traffic. It will also see an active travel coordinator appointed for the town,” Cllr John Kennedy continued.

Announcing the news at lunch time today, Minister Alan Kelly, said the news would have a hugely positive benefit on the town of Thurles and make cycling provision much easier and safer for children in particular.

“This represents a major investment in Thurles and is great news for the town. In the first instance, jobs will be created during the construction of this infrastructure. Secondly, it will significantly improve cycling facilities for commuters and families alike. Cycling has a huge role to play in people’s quality of life and I am delighted to be able to announce this funding for Thurles,” Minister Kelly stated.
“We are trying to create a more cycle-friendly and walking-friendly culture in Ireland. Infrastructure is one dimension but you have to do more to get people to change their behaviour. Better infrastructure needs to be combined with education initiatives and that is exactly what we are doing with this programme. We have moved away from just funding piece-meal projects to try and get a combined planned approach to walking and cycling and linking it to a town as a whole strategy. This will combine infrastructure improvements with behavioural change measures to encourage people to use the new infrastructure and to leave the car at home. There is huge scope for change and this needs to be driven locally,” concluded Minister Kelly.

The National Cycle Policy Framework outlines the importance of creating a culture of cycling in Ireland if cycling mode share is to increase. Securing effective increased bicycle and walking mode share requires a focus to be placed on population and employment centres.The Active Travel Towns programme is a multi-annual funding support programme to support the strategic development of walking and cycling in towns outside the Greater Dublin Area. The principal objective of the Active Travel Towns programme is to achieve modal shift from car to either walking and/or cycling within towns.

A competitive funding scheme was launched in July 2013 seeking local authority proposals to deliver walking and cycling infrastructure with a key focus on behaviour change interventions in towns around the country. 46 projects were submitted under this funding call from 19 local authorities. Funding is now being provided for nine of these proposals. The funding will deliver a good balance of infrastructural measures for walking and cycling coupled with focused behavioural change interventions and evaluation measures to ensure modal shift with towns is achieved. The successful projects place strong focus on interlinks between residential areas, workplaces and schools and, in many cases, public transport.

Cycling the proposed Thurles routes with Councillor Kennedy this morning, Minister Kelly stated; “This funding is going towards realising the programme for Government commitment to continue to invest and expand in our national cycling infrastructure.

Thurles Accident – Gardaí Appeal For Witnesses

gardaGardaí here in Thurles, Co.Tipperary are anxiously appealing for witnesses to a road traffic accident in which a child was knocked down and injured.

The accident is understood to have occurred around 12.10p.m. yesterday (Sunday) on the Slievenamon Road, latter which leads north into the town.

The victim, latter an 8-year-old boy, who is understood to have been cycling at the time, was knocked down by a car and sustained minor injuries.

Following the accident the boy was rushed to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel.

Thurles Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact them on Tel: (0504) 25100 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

Two New Road Deaths In North Tipperary

GardaWith great sadness we again report that two people have died following a motor vehicle collision here in Co Tipperary earlier today. The two-car collision happened on the road (N52) between Nenagh and Borrisokane near Grange at approximately 5.20pm this evening.

A male and a female, both believed to be aged in their 60′s were fatally injured and were both pronounced dead at the accident scene. Another male passenger, latter aged in his twenties and who was also in the car, was seriously injured and rushed to the Midwest Regional Hospital in Limerick.

The driver of the second car believed to be a woman in her 30s, thankfully remained uninjured.

The road is closed to allow for a Garda forensic examination; with local diversions put in place, however due to poor light, motorists are advised that the road is expected to remain closed until the early part of tomorrow.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Nenagh, Tel: 067-50450 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

These latest two fatalities now bring to nine deaths, the number of persons killed on the roads of Tipperary in just the last 12 weeks.

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