NUMBER plate recognition technology will be introduced on Irish motorways to clamp down on speeding in a bid to reduce the number of road deaths.
2013 has been the worst year on Irish roads in seven years with close to 200 people losing their lives here.
The new cameras, which are already in operation in the Dublin Port Tunnel and the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork, record a driver’s speed over a stretch of road and can determine if a car has exceeded the speed limit in that stretch.
Speaking today, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the aim was to reduce the number of road deaths and he will have to introduce new legislation for the scheme.
“Our big concern is that for the first year in seven years, the number of people who actually died on or roads increased in 2013 and we are determined to reverse that next year,” he said.
The new cameras will be appearing on motorways here form 2015.
AA Roadwatch Director Conor Faughnan warned the new scheme should not be seen as a replacement for garda numbers policing Irish roads and added tackling speeding on our motorways was not the priority in the fight against increasing road deaths.