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Speed cameras in Port Tunnel catching 250 drivers on a monthly basis

The average speed cameras at the tunnel came into force in May.

speed cameras Speed cameras at the Dublin Port Tunnel are detecting an average of 250 drivers speeding every month. Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

SPEED CAMERAS IN the Dublin Port Tunnel are catching an average of 250 drivers per month breaking the speed limit.

The new speed cameras, which calculate motorists’ speed based on the time it takes them to travel through it, went live at the end of May.

The cameras records the time motorists enter the tunnel and when they leave it, calculating the average speed taken by the motorist to travel the distance.

The speed limit in the tunnel is 80km/h, meaning that if motorists complete the 4.8km tunnel in faster than 3 minutes 36 seconds, they have broken the speed limit and will receive a fixed charge fine from the gardaí.

tunnel The average speed cameras came into force in May. Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

Garda Chief Superintendent of the Roads Policy Bureau Aidan Reid said the new speed cameras are detecting, on average, 250 drivers every month, and the numbers are rising.

“That is a significant number. So people haven’t been heeding the message that has been well advertised. We would say there are speed cameras, it is a high risk tunnel and we would ask people to obey the speed limit,” he told reporters at the launch of the August bank holiday road safety campaign yesterday.

Those caught speeding are issued with a fixed charge penalty, which is an €80 fine and three penalty points on your licence, increasing to five penalty points and an increased fine if convicted in court.

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