Gardai in Ardee have issued 17 fines for speeding on the Golf Links Road in Ardee between December 2019 and May 2020, following a ramp up in their detection efforts on the stretch of road following a raft of complaints from local residents.
In the six month period between December of last year and May 2020, local Gardai conducted 33 dedicated speed operations on the busy road which includes entrances to the Ferdia Park housing estate and Ardee Rugby Club, Ardee Golf Club, St Joseph’s Hospital as well as a number of other domestic residences. The road also has on-street parking for the adjacent playground located at the Fair Green.
The matter had been brought before Superintendent Pat O’Connell at the Ardee Joint Policing Committee public forum last November, shortly before he was reassigned to Monaghan. However, Garda officers, under the leadership of new Superintendent James O’Leary, pursued the complaint and actioned the speed operations immiedtaley.
Local resident Seamus Kelly, who raised the issue at the JPC meeting has previously raised it at the same forum two years previously. In the interim, he had written to Ardee Garda Station on the matter, as well Louth County Council. He suggested a number of road safety measures be introduced to the stretch of road. At the November 2019 meeting, Superintendent O’Connell, who has been in the role since March of that year, said the issue had not been brought to his attention.
According to new figures, Gardai in the Ardee District detected 685 instances of speeding between January 1 and July 3 this year, an increase of 58% on the same period last year.