Theft of STOP signs in Dunmanway area remains a mystery

September 24th, 2021 10:30 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

One of the locations where a STOP sign was cut down

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The motive behind the theft of STOP signs in the Dunmanway  remains a mystery, and gardaí are appealing for information.

Gardaí are  investigating three incidents of the thefts  in the Dunmanway area that occurred  between March and September.

Cork County Council said they regard the theft of the STOP sign thefts as a very serious road safety issue that puts lives at risk and  have reported the incidents to the gardaí.

County Mayor, Cllr Gillian Coughlan said that what has happened across these locations is of immense concern.

'Cutting down or stealing a STOP sign is not a game. It puts all our road users at risk. It can lead to serious crashes if drivers are not aware that they need to stop at a junction,' said Cllr Coughlan.

'Cork County Council is taking these incidents extremely seriously and have reported the matter to Gardaí.  I am urging people to report any suspicious activity and to please think of the possible ramifications of how these actions could impact on innocent victims.'

Cork County Council is also reminding the public of  Section 13(10)(a)(III) of the Roads Act 1993 which  states that 'a person who, without lawful authority or consent of road authority does anything that is a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road or the maintenance of the road shall be guilty of an offence.'

Cllr Joe Carroll (FF) told The Southern Star  that it's an 'absolute disgrace' that people are interfering with road safety and putting people's lives at risk.

Gardaí have confirmed that no arrests have been made and that investigations are ongoing.




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