Speed cameras are being introduced at two new zones in Galway starting from next week.
An Garda Síochána have announced today that 61 New safety camera zones will become operational from 6am on Tuesday, July 26.
In Galway, mobile cameras will be operating on the R446 at Ballinalsoe, where there have been two serious collisions according to Gardaí.
The other new speed camera location in Galway is on the R364 regional road to the north and south of Kilkerrin, where there have been two collisions lately.
This will bring the total number of speed camera zones operating in Ireland to 1,373.
Gardaí say that the purpose of the new cameras is to reduce the number of collisions involving speed.
To date, there have been 89 road deaths in Ireland this year, an increase in 28 over 2021 and 13 more than the same period in 2019.
Safety cameras operate in areas where there is a history of speed related collisions known as speed enforcement zones.
Superintendent Thomas Murphy, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said, “When someone decides to speed they put themselves and members of their community at risk, particularly children, older people, cyclists and other motorists.”
“Our priority is to ensure that the vast majority of people who use the roads responsibly are not put in danger by a minority of reckless drivers who continue to drive at excessive speed.”
“GoSafe vans operate in areas that have a speed-related collision history where fatal, serious injury and minor injury collisions occur.”
“In addition, locations which have been highlighted by members of the community as being areas of concern, have been included in the new zones.”
“By identifying and targeting these high-risk areas, the aim is to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury collisions.”
The new zones are spread across 23 counties, 49% on Regional Routes, 31% National Routes and 20% on other routes such as Motorways and local roads.