Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ireland's 'high-risk' zones: Gardaí add 355 new speed camera spots to country's roads

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Ireland will have more than 1,000 speed cameras in operation nationwide from next Friday, gardai announced today.

Gardai have added 355 new camera spots to the country's total after analysing Ireland's 'high risk' areas.

The 'high-risk' areas were determined by looking at the types of collisions on different roads in the past five years.

Hundreds of new 'high risk' zones were identified after gardai assigned a fatal, serious or minor collision a weighted value.

This means speed cameras will only operate in areas where there is a history of speed-related collisons.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said there is "no doubt" but the cameras save lives.

"The safety cameras are proven life savers and only operate in areas which have a speed related collision history where fatal, serious injury and now minor injury collisions occur," he said.

"By identifying and targeting these high risk areas our aim is to continue to reduce the number and severity of collisions, thus save more lives and prevent more injuries from occurring. This makes them roads safer for every road user.

"There is no doubt these safety cameras save lives"

Each 'high-risk' zone identified is 10km in distance and gardai said the safety camera can be placed anywhere along that road.

Seven pc of the new zoens are on local roads, 54pc are on regional roads, 32pc are on national roads and 7pc are positioned on motorways.

Furthermore, 49 zones were identified for removal due to zero collisions in past 5 years.

There have been more than 938,000 speeding tickets issued since introduction of safety cameras.

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