Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has appealed for the Minister for Infrastructure, Nicola Mallon, to show common sense to erecting road safety signage, warning drivers to keep on left lane at tourist hot spots.
Cllr Cara McShane was speaking after the Minister’s response to her request was tabled at a recent meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, which indicated that the Department will not erect these signs which are commonplace in many other European countries.
Cllr McShane said:
“Only a few months ago, the Council watched in shock at dashcam footage of an American visitor unwittingly driving on the right lane of the B15 coastal road from Ballycastle to Ballintoy.
“Unfortunately, this is nothing new and every year there are many car crashes with tourists emerging from tourist hot-spots such as the Dark Hedges and Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge onto the wrong lane.
“I am extremely disappointed in Nicola Mallon’s negative response to my request, which indicates too that her department and the PSNI have no knowledge of this footage which went viral on social media.
“Sinn Féin has been calling for this signage for many years, which was raised again in the Assembly recently by my colleague, Philip McGuigan MLA.
“I have now requested that Council share the footage with the Department for Infrastructure and with the PSNI.
“While it is not the panacea to this problem, it is one action that could easily be taken to help raise awareness and potentially save one life on our roads this year and I will be pushing again for the Department to review their decision.”