Eight new areas in Laois have been included in the new Garda Speed Enforcement zones which became active last week. This brings it to a total of 19 zones across the county.
‘GoSafe’ monitoring commenced operation on a phased basis in November 2010 and reached full operational capacity in March 2011. GoSafe are contracted to provide a minimum of 6000 hours speed enforcement per month as directed by An Garda Síochána. GoSafe are also set key performance indicators to ensure enforcement is targeted at key days and times – with a particular emphasis on night time and weekends.
The safety cameras only operate on sections of road which have a history of collisions occurring where speed was a contributory factor. The areas where the cameras are operating are available to the public on the Garda website.
Nationally, from its commence to the end of last year, more than 408,000 fixed charge notices were issued as a result of detections from both GoSafe and Garda operated Robot vans for non-intercept speeding offences.
Among the new locations in Laois is the Cooltoran to Clonreher road on the N80, along with Oldmill to Oughaval and Killeshin to Derrymoyle.
Two different stretches of road at Abbeyleix Demesne on the N77 is also included and Keeloge to Springhill on the R430.
Exisiting locations where the speed camera vans can be seen inlude: Clonminam, Derraugh to Mountrath, Ballyruin to Cold, Corbally, Knocknamoe to Abbeyleix Demesne, Graigue to Rathnapish, Crossneen to Mortarstown Upper and Crossneen to Graigue.