MOTORISTS who break the speed limit now face an even greater chance of being caught after it was confirmed that a number of additional speed enforcement zones have been rolled out across Limerick.
While more than 240 additional locations have been identified across the country, a handful have been confirmed for Limerick including at Croom, Murroe, Rourkes Cross and Cratloemoyle on the N18 Limerick to Shannon dual carriageway.
A number of existing zones have been also been extended following a review of traffic collision statistics by gardai.
According to the garda website, there are now 45 individual speed enforcement zones across Limerick, where the network of privately-operated GoSafe speed vans are deployed around the clock.
The zones are located on a combination of national, regional and local roads across the city and county, at areas where there is a history of fatal or serious-injury collisions.
Sgt Peter Kelly of the divisional traffic corps says gardai are constantly reviewing the list of speed enforcement zones in Limerick.
“There have been several that we have seen changes in over the past couple of years and it’s an ongoing process for us, we are doing this as a matter of course all the time,” he said.
Of the 45 zones identified in Limerick, half are located on national routes.
The N21 Limerick to Tralee road has the single highest number of zones where eight different areas have been identified - including Barna, where five people have died in recent years.
There are five enforcement zones on the N69, two on the N20 and two on the N24.
Daly’s Cross on the old N7 also remains on the list – despite the opening of the M7 motorway in 2011.
The single longest zone in Limerick stretches for more than 8.5km on the Askeaton bypass on the N69.
Regional approach roads to towns such as Kilmallock, Kilfinane, Galbally, Hospital, Ballylanders, Glin, Athea and Knocklong are also included as are local roads near Ardpatrick and Kilteely.
In the city, there are speed enforcement zones on the Dublin Road, Ennis Road, Condell Road, Corbally Road, Dock Road and Longpavement.
According to gardai there has been “a dramatic and sustained” improvement in compliance with speed limits since the introduction of the GoSafe network of speed vans in November 2010.
“There have been marked improvements in driver behaviour. It’s not just about the detections and prosecutions,” said Sgt Kelly, who stressed that the use of the GoSafe vans is not a revenue-generating exercise.
“They only get paid for being there and they are being monitored by the Garda National Traffic Bureau who can tell whether they are on site or not and if they are not on site they don’t get paid,” he said.