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CCTV footage released highlights the dangers of breaking Luas tram lights

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Collision: A white van breaks a light and crashes into a tram
Collision: A white van breaks a light and crashes into a tram

Concerned with the increasing number of collisions, a series of CCTV clips have been released showing dangerous drivers breaking tram lights and causing sometimes fatal accidents.

The often dramatic footage is taken from CCTV cameras in the cockpit of trams and from a series of cameras that monitor the Luas tram line. 

There have been a total of 13 collisions this year so far in Dublin between motorists and trams, with one loss of life. In April, 35-year-old Yao Webster was struck by a car between Jervis Street and Abbey Street after the vehicle collided with a Luas tram.

Since 2005 there has been a total of 278 vehicle/tram accidents, with the numbers increasing from 24 in 2012 to 38 in 2013. 

Watch part one of our mini-series 'Life on the Red Line': How safe are we on the Luas?

The vast majority of the accidents occur on the Luas Red Line (around 90%), and the majority of collisions happen between Hueston and Connolly Station. 

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said breaking a red light is "one of the most dangerous things any motorist can do", and that it was "both irresponsible and stupid" for anybody to even attempt it. 

There has been a significant increase in collisions and the majority of these are down to motorists breaking red lights at Luas junctions. 

CEO of the Railway Procurement Agency Rory O'Connor said the "RPA regards safety as its highest priority, and this campaign is aimed at those road users who are recklessly putting their own lives in danger."