SAFETY CAMERAS GET UP TO SPEED AS NEW INITIATIVE LAUNCHED
Local motorists have already seen a number of these safety camera vans parked at the side of the road in a number of both urban and rural areas following the launch of the new ‘Safety Camera’ initiative by An Garda Siochana.
The safety cameras will monitor areas where there have been fatal accidents over recent years and one such camera van has been located on the Mitchelstown road into Fermoy.
“Excessive or inappropriate speeding is a major factor in road traffic collisions. From midnight on Monday, November 15, safety cameras have been put into operation on the roads all across Ireland where fatal collisions are happening as a result of inappropriate speed,” John Twomey, assistant commissioner for traffic said.
“An Garda Siochana appeals to all road users, in particular motorists, to familiarise themselves with these sections of the road network. We also appeal to motorists to always drive at an appropriate speed, to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a fatal or serious collision,” Assistant Commissioner Twomey added.
The project aims to change driver behaviour and to reduce the number of speed related collisions by increasing compliance with speed limits across the entire road network; reducing the speed of vehicles at locations that have a speed related collision history and acting as a deterrent to driving at excessive speeds.
“The fatal collisions which have occurred over the last number of weeks represent further unnecessary tragedies for many families. I am appealing to all road users to take care this weekend, so that further collisions do not bring tragedy to the doors of another family. Please slow down and be aware of other road users. Road safety is the responsibility of every member of the community, a responsibility which cannot be underestimated,” Assistant Commissioner Twomey concluded.
Further information and a map of locations where the safety cameras will be operating is available on the garda website at www.garda.ie.
Thursday 18th November 5:51pm