Thursday 23 November 2017

New speed enforcement zones will begin on 'Slow Down Day'

Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid. Photo: Collins
Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid. Photo: Collins

Alan O'Keeffe

Almost a million speeding tickets have been issued to motorists since the introduction of safety cameras.

An Garda Síochána outlined that more than 938,000 fixed- charge notices for non-intercept speeding offences have been issued since 2010, through the use of safety cameras provided by 'GoSafe'.

The figures were released as it was announced that more than 300 new garda speed enforcement zones will be monitored by GoSafe vans and by gardaí.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said that the scheme was expanding due to the dramatic reduction in speed-related collisions.

"There is no doubt these safety cameras save lives," he said. "They actually operate at a financial loss, but the human savings are incalculable."

Speed detection will begin in the new zones on National Slow Down Day beginning at 7am next Friday, May 27. The Slow Down initiative will operate for 24 hours and a large amount of garda resources will be deployed during the period. A total of 1,031 stretches of roads will have speed enforcement from May 27.

A total of 50 GoSafe speed detection vans and eight garda vehicles will patrol the zones, which are located on all kinds of roads.

Irish Independent

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