Ireland’s first motorway speed camera will become operational in just days as gardai attempt to reduce the number of motorists speeding on Irish motorways.
The mainline Motorway Average Speed Safety Cameras will go live from 7am on Monday.
The cameras are located on both sides of the M7 between Junction 26 and Junction 27 in Tipperary.
Average speed cameras are permanent speed cameras installed at two points on a motorway that monitor the average speed of motorists by how long it takes them to get to the second camera.
If a driver reaches the second point too soon, a record of the speed violation is auto-generated and sent to the Gardaí, where it’s treated the same way as a speed van image.
Motorists driving in excess of the 120kmph posted motorway will be captured by the cameras and will be subject to prosecution.
Prosecution of such speeding offences will result in motorists being issued a Fixed Charge Notice , which will see an €80 fine accompanied by three penalty points.
Drivers should also bear in mind that some vehicles are subject to lower limits. For example, HGVs are limited to 90kmph, buses to 100kmph and vehicles towing trailers to 80kmph.
Most of these vehicles are not permitted to use the right lane, except in exceptional circumstances where the inner lanes are blocked by an obstruction.
The introduction of the cameras comes after a pilot scheme that was rolled out last year.
Data shows that before the installation of the Motorway Average Speed Safety Camera system, compliance with the 120kmph motorway speed limit was below 70 per cent. During the periods of the pilot scheme, this level rose but still remained below 90%.
Analysis of traffic data by Transport Infrastructure Ireland shows that speeding is typical of driver behaviour on low traffic volume sections of the motorway network throughout the country.
Gardai say this type of driver behaviour is extremely dangerous and is compounded during rain or hail showers increasing the potential of serious accidents.
The data also identified that speeds are not being appropriately moderated in response to adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or low road temperatures.
The specific locations chosen for the speed camera have been subject to frequent weather-related or micro-climate events (mostly hail), resulting in increased collision frequency in the area.
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