Judge’s Pettigo junction warning

A District Judge has recommended in future that advertising signage should not be placed near a “dangerous junction” on one of South Donegal’s busiest roads.

A District Judge has recommended in future that advertising signage should not be placed near a “dangerous junction” on one of South Donegal’s busiest roads.

Judge Kevin Kilrane made his comments after hearing evidence of a dangerous driving case in Donegal Town District Court yesterday, which occurred at the Pettigo turn off on the N15 main Donegal Town to Ballyshannon Road last November, which resulted in a mother and five year-old child being briefly hospitalised and both cars badly damaged.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash, that occurred during daylight hours.

Judge Kilrane said he knew the “dangerous junction” in question well.

Garda Superintendent Leo McGinn handed in a picture of the junction which showed a large sign placed near the junction at ground level.

He said the driver could have been “distracted” by it.

Judge Kilrane said the sign “seemed to be in a dangerous place” and “certainly didn’t help” the situation.

This was the second incident he heard in relation to accidents at the junction in a week.

The judge added: “I recommend that private individuals shouldn’t be allowed to put these signs up on the Pettigo junction”.