Landmark day as road safety cameras in operation

Landmark day for Donegal as road safety cameras come into operation – Ó Domhnaill

Fianna Fáil candidate for the Donegal South West bye-election, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has today welcomed the introduction of road safety cameras in Donegal and heralded it as a landmark day for road safety in the county.

A new network of safety cameras will come into operation on the roads across the entire country from midnight tonight. The cameras will be deployed in areas that have been identified as black spots with Donegal given particular priority under this scheme.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the Government’s efforts to reduce the number of fatalities on our roads. Last year, there were 14 deaths on Donegal roads and in July this year a total of 10 lives were lost in one weekend in Donegal. The initiative today will go a long way towards improving standards and saving lives .“

The scheme, which will be rolled out by An Garda Síochána, in partnership with the GoSafe Consortium, will provide 6, 000 hours of monitoring and 1,475 hours of surveying per month.”

“The safety cameras will operate during day and night-time hours, regardless of weather conditions. It is also important to note that the service provider will be paid on the basis of the number of hours of service provided not on the number of people caught. This makes it clear that this initiative is not about raising revenue but reducing speed and improving safety standards.”

“Fianna Fáil in Government has made huge strides in improving road safety standards in recent years. According to figures release by the European Commission earlier this year, we have achieved a 42% reduction in road fatalities since 2005, compared to an EU average of over the period of 35%. However, we must not become complacent and we must continue to improve road safety in particular around the training, testing and licensing of young learner and inexperienced drivers.”

“To find out more about the safety cameras in your area click on www.garda.ie

Posted: Nov 15, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West