Sunday 21 January 2018

Eleven new zones in battle against speed

By david Tucker

Garda speed checkpoint.
Garda speed checkpoint.

eleven new sections of road in County Wexford are to come under increased Garda scrutiny with new speed enforcement zones.

They represent a significant increase in both town and country of the areas where safety cameras are now in operation.

The eleven new zones are: a section of R738, Holmestown to Taghmon; the road from outside the Presentation on School Street, Wexford, out Newtown Road beyond the Coolcotts Lane junction; a section of the N11 by Wexford Youths' Ferrycarrig Park; a section of the R741 Ballycanew to Gorey, just past Ballycanew; a section of R772, Clogh to Gorey Business Park; a Section of M11 motorway, North of Gorey, in the area of Inch.

A section of the R725, Craanford to Carnew; a section of the R946, north of Kiltealy; a section of the 731, Ballywilliam to Rathnure; a section of N30, Enniscorthy to New Ross, at Scarke; and a section of N25, north of Ballinaboola.

Gardai said the new sections of the road network coming under increased surveillance will be where they will be primarily focussing their enforcement.

They said theye will use a range of equipment such as:

• Handheld and tripod mounted laser guns;

•Vehicle mounted Puma speed detection equipment, (both marked and unmarked vehicles);

• Van mounted automatic speed detection radars (Garda operated);

• Van mounted Go-Safe vans (civilian operated).

Although 2015 saw a reduction in road deaths, 27 fewer than in 2014, excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor to road traffic collisions.

The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a one per cent reduction in average speed will bring about a four per cent reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing speed is essential to improving road safety.

So far this year there have been 68 road fatalities, 13 more than this date in 2015.

The extra zones mean there are now 1,031 speed enforcement zones in operation.

Wexford People

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