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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Speed cameras 'have saved 23 lives' - Acting Garda Comm

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 10/07/2014 | 10:25

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Acting garda chief Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Collins
Acting garda chief Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Collins

SAFETY cameras have prevented 23 deaths on the nation's roads, Interim Garda Commissioner, Noirin O'Sullivan said today.

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She told the Dail public accounts committee that since their introduction in November 2010, the cameras had led to a reduction in fatal collisions and improved compliance with the speed limits in the zones where they were located.

Before the cameras were introduced, 30pc of fatal collisions had been taking place in those zones.

Last year saw a 40pc reduction in the death toll in those areas, she said.

Keeping the speed limit had improved from 81pc compliance in 2011 to 95pc last January in the targeted areas.

Ms O'Sullivan said the cameras were operated by GoSafe, which was contracted to provide 7,475 hours of monitoring and surveying per month.

In total, over 275,000 hours of enforcement had been completed since the project launch.

According to the ESRI, the cost of a fatality has been estimated at 2.28m euros and a serious injury at 0.305m euros.

The total cost of fatal road collisions from 2000 to 2005 was 4.7m euros.

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