62 speed cameras added to Dublin’s roads as part of Garda crack down

by Sylvia Pownall

Speed cameras have been installed at 62 new locations across Dublin as part of a nationwide Garda crack down on reckless drivers.

In all 903 new ‘safety zones’ came into operation nationwide on Monday in areas which have become hotspots for speed-related collisions.

There are now a total of 291 zones in the capital which can be tracked via GPS navigation and are also listed on the Garda website.

The National Roads Policing Bureau compiled the list based on road collisions from 2016 to 2018 with 575 zones across the country which were previously considered high risk removed from the list.

Superintendent Tony Lonergan of the GNRPB said the removal of cameras from zones shows a change in driver behaviour, and that the new zones are targeting a small number of people who continue to drive in excess of speed limits.

He added: “We’re putting the message out there that we’d like people to slow down for the entire duration of their journey in order to help make the roads safer and to prevent fatalities and life changing injuries.”

Among the new zones are a 3.4km stretch of the R139 at Clonshaugh near Dublin Airport where two fatal crashes and two serious crashes were recorded between 2016 and 2018.

Go Safe zones are also in operation along 1.4km of the St Peter’s Road from Walkinstown Cross to Whitehall Road, and the Hartstown Road in D15.

The 20 most dangerous stretches of road in Ireland are all in Dublin according to analysis with the highest number of accidents on the R111 between Islandbridge and Irishtown.

In a three-year period 118 collisions were recorded including two fatal crashes and 18 which were classed as serious.

The second riskiest road is a 5.4km stretch of the R148 between the Chapelizod bypass along the Liffey quays to the Customs House. Despite having a 30kph speed limit in places, it was the scene of 99 collisions including 17 serious crashes.

The third most dangerous road is a 21.4km stretch of the M50 between junction 3 (M1 interchange) and junction 11 (N81-Tallaght) where a total of 116 crashes were also recorded.

Superintendant Lonergan said: “We urge drivers to be fully aware of the posted speed limit and drive within the speed limit for the duration of their journey. Speed kills, help save lives.”

The full list of locations can be viewed at www.garda.ie/roadspolicing.

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