Private speed cameras catch more motorists
THE number of motorists caught speeding almost tripled in a year after privately operated speed cameras were deployed nationwide.
In March 2010, just over 9,500 motorists were caught breaking the speed limits by gardai.
But this soared to 26,000 in March this year, after the arrival of the private GoSafe cameras.
The private cameras, located at known speed crash zones, are operating in addition to the speed checks carried out by gardai.
Drivers who are caught by the GoSafe cameras get two penalty points on their licences, and are fined €80.
Four points are applied if a motorist takes the case to court and loses.
Gardai said yesterday the company was paid by the hour rather than by the number of catches.
A total of 61 people have died on the roads since the start of the year, five more than the corresponding period in 2010.