Silent March in Sallins Demands Traffic Calming Measures
Issued : Sunday 25 November, 2018
In a moving tribute to the memory of Dane Loakman, the teenager who was killed in a road accident in November 2017, and in protest at the lack of response on road safety from Kildare County Council, just over a thousand residents marched in silence through the village of Sallins on Saturday evening. This was by far the biggest protest ever held in Sallins and the biggest in Kildare for quite some time.
Before the March set off Chairperson of Sallins Community Council Fergus Carpenter spoke of the pain that Dane’s family endure and explained that Dane’s mother Alison was fighting for road safety measures so that no other Sallins family would have to go through the same pain.
Fergus Carpenter stated that “the wide, open, straight road where Dane lost his life is lethal to cross and must be made safer by slowing cars down – not asking them to slow down with signs, but forcing them to slow down by narrowing the road and with speed bumps or cushions. The promised new road signs, while welcome, go nowhere near far enough” he said. “And cars flying down the roads entering Sallins, past housing estates with children and cyclists, must be slowed down too. We demand full and proper traffic calming measures in our village” he concluded.