EIGHT new speed-detection vans will target various areas of Co Laois.
Yesterday (Monday), the specialised vehicles moved to an undisclosed site on the M7. Three more vans will be placed at random locations along the N80 between Arles and Stradbally and from Killeshin on to Portlaoise. Two other speed camera vans will monitor traffic on the R445 from Borris-in-Ossory and Pike of Rushall to Castletown and Mountrath.
Another van will be deployed on the R422 from Clonaslee to Rosenallis into Mountmellick and onto Emo, while an eighth will check vehicles on the R435 from Borris-in-Ossory to Donaghmore and Rathdowney.
The new camera vans will complement the six already in place around the county, with three periodically located on the N77 from Durrow to Portlaoise, two on the N80 from Killeshin to Portlaoise and one on the R639 between Cullohill and Durrow.
The rollout of additional vans is part of a campaign that will bring the total number to 1,322 nationwide.
Speaking about the initiative yesterday, a garda spokesperson said: “We appeal to all road users, particularly motorists, to familiarise themselves with these sections of the road network. We also appeal to motorists to always drive at an appropriate speed to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a fatal or serious collision.
“By identifying and targeting these high-risk areas, our aim is to continue to reduce the number and severity of collisions, thus saving more lives and preventing more injuries from occurring. This makes the roads safer for every road user.”