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First automatic red light camera goes live - with three penalty points for breaking light


Luas (Stock photo)

Luas (Stock photo)

Luas (Stock photo)

MOTORISTS who break red traffic lights at a notorious black spot which was led to numerous crashes with Luas trams now face three penalty points and a fine of up to €120 after an automated camera system was installed.

The cameras have been placed at the north city Blackhall Place-Benburb Street junction in response to the large number of collisions there

In an effort to improve safety, a camera linked directly to the Garda PULSE system will capture any vehicle that breaks the red light.

It is the first such system in Ireland and may be rolled out to other junctions if it proves successful.

Since the Luas went into operation in 2004 there have been 338 collisions between trams and motor vehicles and 95pc have occurred on the Red Line, which serves Saggart and Tallaght to the city centre.

Speaking today at the Blackhall Place Luas Junction, Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe said the Railway Procurement Agency is continually looking at and introducing new initiatives to ensure all those who use the Luas remain safe.

“As a result of motorists not adhering to the rules of the road, the junction at Blackhall Place and the Luas Red Line was deemed one of the problem Luas junctions, recording one of the highest numbers of road traffic collisions to date,” he said.

“This has been endangering those who not only use the service but other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and passers-by,” he added.

The top 4 junctions where a vehicle-tram collisions are likely to happen on the Red Line between Heuston and Connolly are Benburb Street with Queen Street; Benburb Street with Blackhall Place; Abbey Street with Jervis Street; and Mary’s Abbey  with Capel Street.

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