Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) working with An Garda Síochána and Dublin Tunnel operator Egis are set to conduct Ireland’s first average speed camera enforcement system.
Traffic levels through Dublin Tunnel have increased by 40 per cent over the last 5 years and as a result there is statistically, an increase in the potential for collisions and incidents. Average speed camera enforcement systems look to mitigate this potential because statistics show that there is typically a 50 per cent reduction in the collision rate once in operation.
The average speed camera enforcement system monitors a driver’s average speed while driving through the Dublin Tunnel and if a driver is above the 80 km/h speed limit the driver will be in violation and enforcement penalties will apply.
Once the average speed camera enforcement system determines that a vehicle has exceeded the speed limit, it will automatically create a record of the violation which will then be transmitted to An Garda Síochána for their action.
The enforcement procedure will mirror the existing procedures developed by An Garda Síochána for the processing of speeding offences that incur a fixed charge and applicable penalty points. The fixed charge penalty for speeding currently is an €80 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence, increasing to 5 penalty points and an increased fine if convicted in court.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D, said; “Any initiative that has the potential to save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads is to be welcomed.”
Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Roads Policing, said; “As we approach the June bank holiday, a time when there will be an increase in traffic volumes on the road, we welcome this enhancement to the operations and safety of the Dublin Tunnel. The amount of traffic in particular travelling through the Dublin Tunnel is increasing and this new average speed enforcement system provides additional support toward maintaining a safe travel experience for all users of the Tunnel. ”
Michael Nolan CEO TII said; “An average speed camera enforcement system will assist in maintaining the Dublin Tunnel’s strong safety record. TII is grateful to An Garda Síochána for supporting us with this operational improvement.”