01 Oct 2022

New 'average speed' cameras to come into operation on Irish motorway

New average speed safety cameras to be installed on Limerick motorway

Work to install the new cameras

A new camera system to monitor average speeds on Irish motorways comes into effect for the first time next week.

The mainline Motorway Average Speed Safety Camera system in place on the M7 in Tipperary between  Junction 26 and Junction 27, both directions, eastbound and westbound, will go operational from 7am next Monday, 25th April 2022.

Vehicles detected driving in excess of the 120km/h posted motorway speed limit will be subject to prosecution from that time.

Prosecution of speeding offences take place by Fixed Charge Notice.  The current Fixed Charge Notice is €80 fine accompanied by 3 penalty points.  Further details of the Fixed Charge Notice system are published on the Garda website.

During the pilot scheme compliance levels have been monitored, but no prosecutions have taken place.
Prior to the installation of the Motorway Average Speed Safety Camera system compliance with the 120km/h motorway speed limit was below 70%.  During the periods of the testing/ pilot scheme compliance levels have risen, but remain below 90%.

Analysis of traffic data by TII shows that speeding is typical of driver behaviour on low traffic volume sections of the motorway network throughout the country. This type of driver behaviour is very dangerous, and it is compounded during rain or hail showers increasing the potential of serious accidents.  Further, the data identified that speeds are not being appropriately moderated in response to adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or low road temperatures.

The specific locations chosen have been subject to frequent weather-related/micro-climate events (mostly hail) resulting in increased collision frequency in the area.

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