Calls have been made for motorists traveling on the South Ring Road (N40) not to engage in rubbernecking.
There has been a marked increase in road traffic collisions on the stretch of road in the past two weeks, and Gardai in Cork are asking motorists to be mindful if they’re passing an accident.
“We don’t have any specific accidents from rubbernecking, but it is a concern given the level of traffic that’s on the South Ring Road,” Inspector James Hallahan told the Echo.
“These accidents are happening in the morning and the evening so obviously enough there’s a high level of traffic on both sides of the road and we would advise motorists not to slow down on the other side of the road,” he added.
On Monday of this week there was a multi-vehicle collision westbound before the Bloomfield interchange, while last week there was another multi-vehicle collision westbound before the Douglas exit last Friday.
One day previous there was another multi-vehicle crash westbound by the Bloomfield Interchange. There were also two minor crashes the day previous on October 16th, and another on October 14th.
Gardaí in Anglesea Street are asking motorists to be mindful of the volume and speed of traffic that’s on the N40, and are asking motorists not affected by collisions to keep the traffic flow moving instead of slowing down to look back.
Insp James Hallahan of the Roads Policing Unit said: “They could end up causing an accident themselves by engaging in rubbernecking.
“With traffic accidents there are large tailbacks, and rubbernecking adds to the tailbacks on the opposite side of the road, so we’re just conscious of that.
“By people rubbernecking it is slowing down the traffic - in some cases to a halt - unnecessarily, while putting other motorists in danger as well,” he said.