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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 9 July 2013

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Questions (404)

Seán Kyne


404. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide further financial assistance to enable the installation of speed cameras. [33478/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

In November, 2009 a contract was concluded for the provision of an outsourced safety camera network to An Garda Síochána. The outsourced safety camera network commenced operations in November 2010. The service provider, Go Safe, provides 6,000 speed monitoring hours and 1,475 traffic survey hours per month across the country and is contracted to provide the service for five years (from November 2010) with an option to extend provision of the service for one further year.

There are no current proposals to provide additional funding for the installation of safety cameras, other than that already provided for in accordance with the existing contract. In this regard I am advised that speed enforcement zones are continually reviewed in light of survey data, collision history and local feedback to ensure that enforcement activity is properly targeted. An Garda Síochána recently announced that a review of the existing zones has been undertaken using collision data from 2006 to 2012 and speed surveys. It was further announced that, as of March, 2013, an additional 243 stretches of road have been identified as having a collision history suitable for inclusion as a speed enforcement zone and that there are now a total of 727 sections of road identified as speed enforcement zones. The locations of these speed enforcement zones are in the public domain and are available on the Garda website