Ireland 'needs more speed cameras'

Ireland's road safety tsar has warned that unless the Government provides money for more speed cameras, more people will die on the roads.

Gay Byrne has told the Road Safety Authority (RSA) conference in Croke Park that he has been battling for funding for 600 private speed cameras that was promised five years ago.

He said: "Cameras are a very important component of the 126 points on our safety strategy. If not put into effect, they will most assuredly cost lives."

Mr Byrne warned against the dangers of complacency on safety after it was revealed that road deaths fell by 36 this year compared with last year.

He said: "The problem with complacency is that governments tend to lurch from crisis to crisis. The danger is that governments will say that the crisis is taken care of.

"Our function at the RSA is to ensure they don't do that, and that is why we're waiting for a decision on funding."

By October 13 last year, 263 people had been killed in road accidents, compared with 227 deaths this year.

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