More speed cameras for accident black spots

Speed cameras are to target hundreds more accident blackspots as part of a country-wide road safety overhaul.

Almost half of all road deaths happen at just over 700 sections of the road - most of them local and regional – which have been identified by traffic gardai.

Until now, a network of “GoSafe” speed cameras were trained on 518 danger zones but a review of the scheme will see a further 243 blackspots covered.

Garda Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips said: “We want people to become familiar with them, realise why they are there and to slow down.”

Nearly half of all fatal collisions between 2006 and last year occurred on the earmarked 727 sections of road – which make up just 2.5% of the entire road network.

The garda website, at www.garda.ie/gosafe.htm, includes a map showing the location of the surveillance zones.

As part of a road safety review, 34 sections of road which were previously covered by the mobile cameras have now been removed.