14 Wick­low ‘zones’ on speed­ing hit list


Bray People - - Bray People - Myles BUCHANAN

WICK­LOW roads fea­ture promi­nently in the new garda crack­down on speed­ing which will in­clude the use of new speed de­tec­tion equip­ment which will de­tect of­fend­ing mo­torists, even in poor vis­i­bil­ity or in the mid­dle of the night.

Eight au­to­matic num­ber-plate recog­ni­tion sys­tems will be in op­er­a­tion through­out the coun­try and the equip­ment will be con­tained in mo­bile garda ve­hi­cles.

As well as tracking the speed of mo­torists, the equip­ment is com­pat­i­ble with the Garda Pulse in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sys­tem and can im­me­di­ately check the own­er­ship of ve­hi­cles and in­stantly recog­nise if they have been re­ported stolen.

The equip­ment is to be tar­geted at zones with the high­est crash records and Wick­low roads ob­vi­ously aren’t con­sid­ered the safest in the coun­try judg­ing by the amount that fea­ture in the new crack­down.

On na­tional roads two sec­tions of the N11 will be in­cluded in the speed en­force­ment zones. The 7.5 km sec­tion from Kil­croney R117 to Barry’s Bridge R762 and the 1 km from Wing­field to Kil­macanogue are both in­cluded.

The R761 from Kil­rud­dery to Black­lion, 4 km in all, and the 5km from Grey­stones to Kil­coole will also be cov­ered.

The ru­ral R117 road from Monastery to En­niskerry will be in­cluded as will the 2 km of the R767 from South­ern Cross Road in Kil­croney to the South­ern Cross Road R761.

Other stretches of Wick­low roads set for in­clu­sion are the R774 Far­renkelly Road and the R117 from Monastery to En­niskerry.

It won’t come as much of a sur­prise that roads out to the west of Wick­low fea­ture heav­ily on the list of black spots, with three dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the N81 in­cluded. Un­der sur­veil­lance will be the 5 km part of the road from Hemp­stown to Monaspick, 10 km from Bur­gage to Hol­ly­wood Lower and 12 km from Whitestown to Tuck­mill.

Stay­ing out west, the R747 from Balt­in­glass to Kil­te­gan makes up 10 km and will also be tar­geted. The same with the R756 from Hol­ly­wood to Lock­stown Up­per.

3.3 km of road from Killaveny Road near Ti­na­hely to Muck­lagh will be cov­ered, as will the 2 km part of the R747 from Ti­no­ran­hill to Bar­raderry West.

TAR­GET­ING SPEED – Wick­low zones in new crack­down.

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