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Friday, April 23, 2021

Average speed detection system to be installed on motorways

A new speed camera system is to be introduced to motorways by the Garda and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

The new system will record an average speed from drivers by measuring the time it takes to pass from the first point to the second.

If the two points are separated by a distance of 120km then a driver must take at least an hour to get to the second point or else it will be reported as speeding if it is any quicker.

This would result in the owner of the vehicle facing penalty points and a fine. This has been described as a better system than current speed detection systems where drivers can simply just slow down when they see the speed camera.

The system was originally introduced in 2017 for the Port Tunnel in Dublin where the number of drivers exceeding the 80km/h speed limit dropped from 55% to 10% upon its instalment.

The M7 motorway is set to be the first mainline motorway to use this average speed system.


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