Motorists will have to be extra vigilant now that almost 1,000 new speed camera zones are being set up across the county in a major crack down on reckless drivers.
A total of 903 new safety areas will be implemented from 6.00am on Monday, while 574 previous zones have been removed following a review.
The overall total of these regions will now stretch to 1,322 and can be viewed on an interactive map on www.garda.ie.
The zones will be policed using a fleet of marked vehicles with cameras continuing to operate from speed vans as before.
The vans used will still be marked with high visibility, reflective material and display a safety camera symbol on the side.
Dublin recevied the highest increase of safety camera zones in the country, increasing from 229 to 291.
Co Cork also saw a significant boost from 96 to 138, while Sligo received the smallest increase from 17 to just 20.
Gardai said that the new zones highlight locations which carry “high risk” speed related collisions.
A breakdown on the increase of speedzones for each county is below:
Carlow: 11 to 16
Dublin: 229 to 291
Kildare: 55 to 75
Kilkenny: 17 to 29
Laois: 8 to 14
Longford: 9 to 16
Louth: 18 to 34
Meath: 49 to 72
Offaly: 16 to 24
Westmeath: 16 to 24
Wexford: 15 to 36
Wicklow: 27 to 40
Galway: 50 to 77
Leitrim: 8 to 13
Mayo: 31 to 52
Roscommon: 14 to 22
Sligo: 17 to 20
Clare: 25 to 37
Cork: 96 to 138
Kerry: 47 to 70
Limerick: 40 to 61
Tipperary: 29 to 43
Waterford: 15 to 29
Cavan: 20 to 35
Donegal: 46 to 60
While motorists will be forced to observe more caution and reduce speeds, Gardai believe the new ‘GoSafe Zones’ will reduce life-changing injuries and fatalities from traffic collisions.
"We urge drivers to be fully aware of the posted speed limit and drive within the speed limit for the duration of their journey. Speed kills, help save lives,” said Superintendent Tony Lonergan of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau.
The number of road deaths have dropped massively from 415 in 2000 to 148 in 2019 which Gardai say shows a “dramatic reduction in terms of risk and a huge increase in terms of road safety”.
For a more detailed road-by-road breakdown, visit the following link: https://www.garda.ie/gosafe.html