THE NUMBER of locations in County Limerick for GoSafe operators to catch speeding motorists has increased by 50%.
They have jumped from 22 to 33 following a garda review. GoSafe vans can park in these new zones, dotted across the city and county, from this Friday, May 27.
Inspector Paul Reidy, head of the divisional traffic corps, said the primary reason for the extra areas is to increase road safety.
“They are a direct result of locations where there have been serious injuries or fatalities in the last five years. It has been a number of years since they have been updated so we have taken into account the new information that we have,” said Insp Reidy.
Seven people have died on Limerick’s roads so far in 2016 - nearly twice as many in the whole of 2015 when four lost their lives.
In 2010 there were 15 fatal accidents; 2011 - 14; 2012 - 5; 2013 - 5 and 2014 – 11.
Insp Reidy said it has improved but “we found this year things have slid a little bit and we are trying to get it back on track again”.
These GoSafe locations have no impact on where gardai carry out speed checks.
“We will go wherever there is a problem – we are not defined to these locations. These are just locations that have now been selected for the marked GoSafe camera vans to operate. They have to operate within a defined area. The garda with his or her speed gun can go anywhere,” said Insp Reidy.
He also debunks the myth that there are financial incentives for GoSafe issuing extra fines.
”It is of absolutely no significance to them whether they get a million detections or no detections. They get paid by the hour to deploy themselves at certain locations,” explained the inspector.
The 11 new locations are R515 - just off the N21 at Templeglantine; R522 Feohanagh - Dromcollogher; R518 Rathkeale - Askeaton; R513 Herbertstown - Hospital; R517 road between Kilfinane and Kildorrery near Glenroe; N24 near Pallasgreen; R505 Cappamore - Doon; R527 Condell Road; R526 Ballinacurra Road / O'Connell Avenue; R511 Roxboro Road and R526 from the Crescent Shopping Centre heading towards Ballycummin. The R519 to Ballingarry has been removed.
Meanwhile, Insp Reidy is giving fair warning to motorists by revealing they are carrying out a special operation on Monday, May 30, targeting mobile phone users.
”We would prefer not to catch anybody but we will be out enforcing the legislation as people continue to use their mobile phones while driving. Go and purchase a hands free kit and install it. Mobile phone use while driving does cause serious collisions, injuries and fatalities,” said the garda inspector.