Fine Gael must commit to widespread operation of speed camera this Bank Holiday weekend

06 April 2023

Labour transport spokesperson Duncan Smith has urged Minister Harris to ensure a widespread use of speed cameras across the country this Bank Holiday weekend.

As people head off to visit family and friends over the coming days, Deputy Smith reiterated the importance of caution while driving.

Deputy Smith said:

“2022 was a very dark year for our roads with a 13% rise in road deaths recorded. As the Road Safety Authority reports, there have been 11 fatalities and 67 serious injuries on our roads during the Easter Bank Holiday over the last 5 years. This year must be different.

“We know that excessive speed is involved in many cases of road traffic death or injury. I am urging the Fine Gael Justice Minister to do everything possible to keep roads safe this Bank Holiday weekend through the widespread operation of speed cameras. We know that they act as a deterrent against speeding.

“Minister Ryan must also commit to addressing a range of outstanding road safety issues, including a review of speed signage and limits, particularly on country and rural roads where we know the majority of accidents occur.

“Bank holiday weekends are notorious for road accidents. I am urging caution from all drivers and action from Government. By slowing down we can reduce the likelihood of a crash, and the severity of injuries.”

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