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'It's scary... we've seen speeds of 129kmh in a 60kmh zone'

Leading garda defends campaign to catch dangerous drivers with cameras

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Speeding spells danger: Irish Independent reporter Gabija Gataveckaite is shown the technology inside one of the GoSafe vans. Photo: Mark Condren

Speeding spells danger: Irish Independent reporter Gabija Gataveckaite is shown the technology inside one of the GoSafe vans. Photo: Mark Condren

Speeding spells danger: Irish Independent reporter Gabija Gataveckaite is shown the technology inside one of the GoSafe vans. Photo: Mark Condren

"If they are speeding, they're really speeding - it's scary," says Superintendent Tony Lonergan.

The leading garda was explaining a worrying trend where, while motorists are more compliant than ever with speed limits, the offenders are breaking the law by greater amounts.

About 80pc of drivers now caught speeding are travelling at least 20km above the speed limit.