The Government today announced the deployment from tomorrow of mobile road safety cameras throughout the country as provided for in its Road Safety Strategy for the reduction of deaths and injuries.
An Garda Síochána has contracted the GoSafe Consortium which secured the contract to operate the cameras following a procurement process. Information on the locations where the cameras will be deployed will be available on the Garda website www.garda.ie. The locations will be those which have been identified as having a high incidence of speed related collisions.
As well as enforcing vehicle speeds, the cameras will carry out surveys of the speed of vehicles at the locations, so as to ensure that the cameras are deployed where they are most needed. On completion of the rollout early in 2011, the network will provide 6,000 hours of monitoring and 1,475 hours of surveying per month.
The service provider will be paid on the basis of the number of hours of service provided. The number of speeding drivers detected will have no effect on the level of payment.
Present at the launch today at Dublin Castle were the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern TD, the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey TD, Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and the Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, Noel Brett.
Minister Ahern said: "The number of fatalities on our roads has dropped significantly in recent years, reaching the lowest level on record last year. But we cannot afford to be complacent. These safety cameras are another means of encouraging drivers to slow down. Our aim is to change driver behaviour, reduce speed and as a result improve road safety. It is not to generate revenue either for the State or the service provider."
Minister Noel Dempsey said: "The purpose of these new safety cameras is simple: to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads. No more, no less. Excessive speed is still the top killer on Irish roads. These new cameras will help the Gardaí in their efforts to make our roads safer. In recent years Irish road users are making huge changes in their driving behaviour. As a result the number of fatalities on our roads is falling. Still we must not become complacent. Every fatal accident on our roads is tragic and devastating for the families and loved ones left behind. Road safety remains a priority for this Government."
Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said: "We in An Garda Síochána are appealing to people to slow down and save a life. It could be your own life; it could be someone in your family, your next-door neighbour, a work colleague or someone you’ve never met. If we all work together and slow down, we can and will reduce the number of deaths on our roads."
Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: "We all know that driving too fast increases your risk of being involved in a serious or fatal collision. Yet, every year, approximately one third of road deaths are caused by speeding. Last year alone 80 people died on our roads because of this killer behaviour and up to 1,000 people suffered serious injuries such as broken spinal cords, brain injuries and loss of limbs.
"Safety Cameras are proven life savers. In countries where a safety camera network has been introduced, deaths and injuries as a result of speeding have dropped significantly. I compliment the Gardaí on implementing this life saving project and look forward to a marked reduction in deaths and injuries on our roads. It’s also a voluntary system - everyone has a choice, we can slow down and save a life or we can speed and at best risk penalty points and a fine or at worst risk your life and the lives of others. It’s your choice, it’s that simple."
The locations and times of camera deployment will be determined by the Garda National Traffic Bureau (GNTB). The bureau will also monitor the project in accordance with the agreed contract. Ongoing surveys will allow An Garda Síochána to be aware of where speeding is occurring. The safety cameras will operate during day and night-time hours, regardless of weather conditions.
It is intended that in general the camera vans will be marked and will operate overtly.
15 November 2010