PLAINCLOTHES gardai will be used to identify speeding motorists and drivers breaking red lights.
Gardai have vowed to clamp down on dangerous behaviour in Dublin amid serious concern about a rise in the number of deaths on the roads this year.
The annual October/November Casualty Reduction Implementation Plan for Dublin will focus on 10 locations where motorists have been clocked driving at speeds in excess of 30kmh over the limit, as well as busy junctions on the Luas lines where motorists break red lights, causing collisions with trams.
It comes as the number of people killed so far on the roads reached 143 yesterday – 16 more than the same period in 2012. In Dublin, the number killed stands at 15, up seven on the same period last year.
"Our casualty reduction campaign is in effect a collision reduction strategy and our aim is to prevent collisions happening in the first place," Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said.
"The public have a big part to play and together we can save lives and reduce the number of casualties. Unmarked vans for covert use will be used. All available garda resources will be used, and we have new technologies. For the first couple of weeks our work will be high-visibility, but we will be using plainclothes officers too."
While Dublin is the safest EU capital in terms of road safety, many deaths could have been avoided. Gardai said some 79pc of collisions in the capital are in 50kmh zones, and 75pc occur on dry roads. Most people killed (79pc) are vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Speed plays a major role in fatalities, Road Safety Authority chief Noel Brett said.
"Pedestrians have a 90pc chance of surviving a car crash at 30kmh or below, but less than a 50pc chance of surviving impacts of 50kmh or more. My message is to slow down, don't risk getting a fine, penalty points or worse, and remember, for the minuscule time savings it's really not worth it."
There will also be an increased number of alcohol checkpoints between 10pm and 4am, and eight garda speed detection vans will also be deployed across the city on approaches to 50kmh zones and to catch motorists breaking red lights.
Last year, 198 separate operations were carried out. Some 438 people were taken to court, and one cyclist was hit with a fine of more than €400 for two offences on the same day.
Other measures include a staged collision in UCD on October 4 next, conducted by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, extensive use of variable message signs warning motorists to slow down on the M50 and approach roads, construction of pedestrian facilities in the city centre, speed readers around schools and a poster campaign on Dublin Bus and Luas.
An on-the-spot fine of €80 can be imposed for running a red light, along with one penalty point. Cyclists must attend court, where fines of up to €750 can be imposed.