A stretch of road near a school and a playing field should be improved following an accident, according to a local councillor.

A recent road traffic accident involving a student crossing from St Eunan’s College to the playing field across the road has led Councillor Dessie Shields to submit a motion to Letterkenny Muncipal District Council.

The Council should replace the current pedestrian crossings with pelican or zebra crossings, install a new crossing just below the college gates beside College Row and erect additional speed warning signs, said Shiels.

"I am very familiar with the area as a former Glencar resident and also as a primary student in Scoil Colmcille and also as a secondary student in St Eunan’s College. The area is well built up residentially with normal residential and through flow traffic," he said.

"It also serves 4 schools in total, 2 of which are secondary and 2 of which are national schools: St Eunans College, Scoil Colmcille, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal and Loretto Convent below. This means that there are large numbers of schoolchildren in the area on a daily basis attending school together with their parents making drop off and collection trips," he continued.

Although therte are a number of speed ramps in the area, there is still room for reduction in downhill traffic speeds, according to Shiels.

He says that more prominent and effective crossings would contribute to pedestrian road safety.

"I have been in communication with the Principal of St Eunan’s College and will be requesting that the County Council consider the replacement of current pedestrian Crossings with Pelican or Zebra Crossings – these are much more effective from a road safety perspective, the installation of a new crossing just below the college gates beside college row – none is presently in place; and the erection of additional speed warning signs – warning signs are very effective in increasing driver care."

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