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Thursday 21 August 2014

Dramatic CCTV footage: daredevil drivers try to avoid Luas trams

Mark O'Regan and Jason Kennedy

Published 04/06/2014 | 10:12

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DRAMATIC CCTV footage of drivers dicing with death at Luas crossings has been released.

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The footage aims to show the public -  through the eyes of a Luas Driver - the high risks of motorists jumping red lights at crossings.

There have been 13 collisions between vehicles and trams so far this year, and one loss of life.

In 2013, there were 38, which compares with 24 the previous year.

Accident black spots where collisions are most likely to occur on the Luas Red Line include Benburb St/Queen St and Abbey St/Jervis St.

On the Green line, St Stephen's Green/Harcourt St have emerged as the most dangerous spot for crashes.

Minister Leo Varadkar said motorists shouldn't be "stupid enough" to risk running a red light.

He also said a camera system aimed at preventing vehicles breaking red lights at Luas lines is to be introduced by the end of the year.

Camera footage of motorists breaking red lights at Luas junctions will be sent to An Garda Siochana who will decide if penalty points or a fine should be imposed.

"Driviers need to be aware that Gradai have cameras on those red lights and they will be prosecuted for breaking them," he told independent.ie

"The reason the cameras are on the lights so that Gardai can bring prosecutions and that's going to start in a few months time.

"It's a very dangerous act to go through a red light, but it's particularly dangerous if you're going to go through one onto a Luas line.

"We've had one fatality in recent months, we don't want any more."

Irish Independent

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