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Michael Healy-Rae

Michael Healy-Rae

Michael Healy-Rae

A new pilot motorway speeding scheme unveiled on the M7 in Tipperary is "a new way to catch people out" Independent TD for Kerry, Michael Healy-Rae has said.

The average speed safety camera covering both directions will be Ireland’s first mainline motorway based system.

Gardai maintain that the new system, deployed between Junction 26-Nenagh (West) and Junction 27-Birdhill, is required as data collected on the M7 corridor since 2017 has identified speeding as a significant issue.

They said that approximately 40 per cent of drivers exceed the 120km/h speed limit on certain sections. Data also reveals that speeds are not being appropriately moderated in response to adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or low road temperatures.

An identical system has been operational within the Dublin Tunnel since mid - 2017 and it has been "hugely successful in improving driver behaviour" with the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit of 80km/h dropping from about 55 per cent to just over 10 per cent.

However, Deputy Healy-Rae, told Newstalk Breakfast this will be used to catch people out.

"Have no doubt: if this is seen to be what we'd call successful - in other words, if it will catch a lot of people - the next thing that will happen is in other areas, where the speed limit would be a lot less for instance, you will have this rolled out and introduced," he said.

"So you could have people literally travelling between any part of inside in a county - it need not necessarily be on a motorway - and it's like a new way of trying to catch people out".

Deputy Healy-Rae said he would "never condone or promote anybody breaking any rules or regulations.

"But I live in a world where everything is not perfect, and while we all aspire to do the right thing every day... we have to go back to when penalty points and when new measures were brought in.

"They were very set measures, and there was a very certain amount of penalty points for offences committed.

"But since that time, there's been a continuation of a growth of the penalty points being applied, and a growth in the amount of offences that attract penalty points.

"And, of course, accruing in gathering revenue for the State".

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