New technology to catch speeding drivers in the Port Tunnel to go live very soon
The technology is set to be activated in the coming weeks.
New technology aimed at preventing speeding in the Port Tunnel in Dublin will be activated in the next few weeks.
The introduction of Ireland’s first average speed camera enforcement system was announced by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and An Garda Síochána last summer in response to traffic levels in the Port Tunnel having increased by 40% in the last five years.
The average speed camera enforcement system monitors a driver’s average speed while driving through the Port Tunnel (approximately 4.5 km long) and if a driver’s average speed is above the 80 km/h speed limit through the tunnel, they will be in violation and enforcement penalties will apply.
Once the system determines that a vehicle has exceeded the speed limit, it will automatically create a record of the violation, which will then be transmitted to An Garda Síochána for their action.
The current penalty for speeding is three penalty points and a fixed charge of €80.
Statistics show that that there is typically a 50% reduction in the collision rate once an average speed camera enforcement system is in operation.
Large yellow poles with cameras, installed since last summer, have already been affecting driver behaviour at the Port Tunnel and the new system is expected to be operational before long.