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Gardai issue update on roll out of average speed cameras on Limerick motorway

GARDAI has announced that motorists will be given notice before the new average speed cameras on the M7 between Limerick and Nenagh go live.

Installation of equipment between Junction 26 (Nenagh West) and Junction 27 (Birdhill) commenced in March, with ongoing testing and calibration.

Commissioner Derek Smart of Tipperary garda division recently informed the local Joint Policing Committee he wants the system up and running quickly.

‘I have been engaging with our national officer of road policing about getting that system into service,’ he said, adding that the cameras are already impacting driving conduct.

“Many people are unaware that what we have between those two yellow concourses is still experimental. Since 2017, speeding has been recognised as a significant concern on stretches of the M7 between Limerick and Nenagh, with about 40% of cars breaking the 120km/h limit.

Average speed detection systems measure the time it takes a vehicle to drive between two sites.

A garda spokeswoman clarified that the system is not yet active and that notice will be given before it is.

“The Garda continue to work with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on the N7 average speed cameras. “We will give formal notification ahead of time,” he told the Limerick Leader. “Be careful, especially in bad weather,” he added.