Belfast Telegraph

'Pothole petition' demands repairs

Motorists have set up a "pothole petition" after a survey named and shamed Ireland's worst counties for bad roads.

The Automobile Association (AA) said it is looking for signatures to put pressure on local authorities to carry out repairs.

A survey of its members showed Roscommon had the highest number of complaints from drivers who needed their car fixed after hitting a pothole.

Wexford, Monaghan, Longford and Mayo were also among the worst offenders for shabby roads.

Conor Faughnan, policy director at the AA, said road users have sympathy with cash-strapped local authorities but the issue was too serious to ignore.

"It is costing us money but it is also potentially extremely dangerous," he said.

Mr Faughnan said cyclists and motorcyclists were most at risk.

"If you are on two wheels you are really depending on good quality road surfaces," he said.

"Swerving at the last second to avoid a pothole can be lethal - so can hitting one."

The AA has called on all road users to sign the online petition at www.aaireland.ie/pothole.

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