Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (190)

Derek Nolan


190. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the guidelines and-or methodologies employed by An Garda Síochána when carrying out, compiling and analysing speed surveys; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18340/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that since 2010, An Garda Síochána has contracted a service provider ‘GoSafe’ to operate safety cameras on its behalf. This service encompasses both speed detection and speed survey sessions.

In that regard, GoSafe conducts regular speed surveys at locations identified by An Garda Síochána as having the greatest propensity for speed related collisions, to ensure on-going appropriate deployment of safety cameras. I am informed by the Garda authorities that prior to a zone being used for conducting monitoring sessions, a number of speed surveys are carried out to establish baseline driver behaviour within the zone against which any changes in driver behaviour can be determined. Speed surveys are then carried out at regular intervals within these zones to track any changes in driver behaviour and to monitor compliance with speed limits within these zones. Each survey session counts the free speed of vehicles under 5 categories; cars; single-decker buses; double-decker buses; rigid vehicles; and articulated vehicles.