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Locations of nine new ‘speed safety cameras’ revealed amid road deaths surge

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The locations have been selected based on fatal and serious injury crash statistics from the last seven years and speed data, as well as feedback from various organisations.

The high-tech devices are to be installed by the end of the year at the latest.

“Static-speed safety cameras have been proven internationally to reduce speeding, which is one of the main contributors to road deaths,” a garda spokesperson said.

The locations have been selected based on fatal and serious injury crash statistics from the last seven years and speed data, as well as feedback from various organisations.

Three of the cameras will be located on the N59 in Galway, between Moycullen and Galway City, on the N25 Waterford between Glenmore and Luffany, and the R772 Wicklow-Arklow Road, Aske, north of Gorey.

Cameras will also be located on the N14 Donegal east of Letterkenny, N80 Carlow between Barristown and Levitstown, Dublin’s Dolphin’s Barn Junction, and the N17 Mayo, northeast of Claremorris.

The final two cameras will be located on the N22 Cork east of Lissarda, west of Ovens, and the N69 Limerick, east of Askeaton.

All cameras are expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

“These cameras will join the average speed cameras for the N3 (Butler’s Bridge), N5 (Swinford), and N2 (Slane), which are expected to be operational soon. There are also 55 safety cameras currently operated via GoSafe vans; this will increase to 58 in the coming weeks,” gardaí added.

Gardaí further state that ‘experience shows static speed cameras lead to drivers reducing speed’, with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris requesting funding for 100 additional cameras.

Static and average speed cameras are one of a range of Garda technology and education initiatives aimed at reducing road deaths as part of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy.

Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner Roads Policing and Community Engagement, Paula Hilman, said, “Static speed safety cameras have been proven in other countries to be highly effective in changing driver behaviour and reducing speed, which is a key contributor to road deaths.

“Speed cameras slow drivers down. The lower speeds people drive at, the lower the number of road deaths.”

According to the Institute of Transport Economics, Norway, there were significant reductions in collisions within 1 km downstream and 100 metres upstream of a static speed camera location.

The average speed cameras on the M7 and Port Tunnel have proven effective in reducing speed, according to authorities.

As with GoSafe vans, drivers detected by static speed cameras breaking the speed limit on that road will be automatically issued a fixed charge penalty notice.

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