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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Ireland’s first motorway average speed camera to be operational next week

Ireland’s first motorway average speed camera to be operational next week

Ireland’s first mainland motorway average speed camera safety system will be operational next Monday (April 25th, 2022).

Gardaí revealed that they are placing safety cameras on the M7 in Co. Tipperary – between junction 26 and junction 27 – in both directions (eastbound and westbound) from 7 am.

A fixed speed camera captures a vehicle’s speed at a fixed point on the road; average speed camera systems track a vehicle’s speed over a set distance.

Motorists detected driving more than the 120km/h motorway speed limit are liable to prosecution. The driver will be in violation, and enforcement penalties will apply.

Prosecution will result in a Fixed Charge Notice fine of €80 and three penalty points.

What is an average speed camera safety system?

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Once the average speed safety camera enforcement system determines that a vehicle has exceeded the speed limit, it will automatically create a record of the detection, which it will then transmit to An Garda Síochána for action.

Using this section of the M7 motorway, J26 – J27, drivers will notice large yellow poles with cameras. These poles will support the average speed camera safety system.

Average speed is recorded between two camera positions, the enforcement zone, covering all lanes. Therefore, Gardaí stated that switching lanes would not affect average speed monitoring.

The system will not have flashing lights or other operational indications. However, it will be monitoring “at all times”.

Analysis of traffic data by Transport Infrastructure Ireland shows:

  • Typically, motorists speed on low traffic volume sections of the motorway network throughout the country – speed + rain or hail showers = increased risk of serious accidents.
  • Motorists are not adequately altering their speeds in response to adverse weather conditions (e.g., heavy rain or low road temperatures).

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