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Sunday 20 August 2017

Over 130 drivers are now caught speeding every day in capital

Top ten speeding locations in Dublin
Top ten speeding locations in Dublin

MORE than 130 people a day are being caught driving above the legal speed limit in Dublin.

Statistics released by gardai show that 35,932 people were caught speeding in the Dublin region between January and September 21 this year.

Gardai said they have also identified a direct correlation between incidents of fatal and serious injury collisions, where a disproportionate amount of drivers involved have a criminal record.

The figures showed that more than 1,000 drivers were arrested for intoxicated driving, 1,800 were detected not wearing a safety belt and almost 7,000 drivers were caught using a mobile phone.

Between 2008 and 2013, 139 people were killed on the roads and the statistics show that there is an 85pc risk of fatality when an impact occurs at 60km/h or greater.

This figure fell to below 5pc for a chance of fatality at 30km/h - highlighting the dangers of speeding.

The figures were released as part of a campaign called 'Safer Roads for Dublin,' launched by the gardai.

Pedestrians have remained the single biggest group to die on Dublin roads. Since 2008, nearly two out of every five fatal road traffic collisions involved a pedestrian losing their lives. To date in 2014, seven of the 18 road fatalities in Dublin were pedestrians.

Top ten speeding locations in Dublin
Top ten speeding locations in Dublin

The total number of people killed on the roads has been on the decline but this year looks likely to surpass last year's total of 19 pedestrians killed in the capital.

As part of the campaign, gardai will target pedestrians through social media, a poster campaign on public transport, the distribution of high visibility merchandise, and specific safety awareness initiatives.

A video has also been prepared aimed at helping pedestrians to increase their own road safety awareness. It's hoped that the campaign will reduce the number of fatal and serious injury collisions.

The plan has received multi-agency support from the RSA, transport authorities the NTA and the NRA and Dublin's local authorities.

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Dublin Bus, Luas, and the Irish Road Haulage Association are also contributing in an effort to make the roads safer for all road users.

The Railway Procurement Agency, Dublin City Council and gardai have announced plans to introduce automated red light running detection on Benburb Street. Gardai will operate in plain clothes and in uniform, monitoring compliance with traffic lights, at Belgard, Amiens Street and Queen Street.

"Our pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are most at risk, which increases when coming into contact with speeding vehicles," Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said.

"The public have a big part to play, and together we can save lives."

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