Sections of the N25 in Lemybrien and from Kilmacthomas all the way into the city centre have been identified as ‘hotspots’ for speeding which will be targeted by new garda speed detection vehicles.

A total of 24 stretches of road in the Waterford area have been listed on the garda website as locations where a significant proportion of accidents occurred whereby, in the opinion of the investigating Garda, a safe speed was exceeded. These also include sections of the Tramore Road, the Dunmore Road, the Waterford to New Ross road, a number of roads around Dungarvan and Cappoquin and, also in the area, parts of the N24 at Piltown and Fiddown.

Based on the garda analysis, this list of Speed Enforcement Zones will be the focus of additional ‘enforcement activity’ in an attempt to get drivers to slow down, a garda spokesperson has confirmed. The publication of the blackspot locations on the website has been described by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern as an attempt to give motorists the chance to voluntarily slow down.

Speaking at the launch of eight detection units which feature enforcement technology to enable monitoring of speed during bad weather and in darkness, Minister Ahern said the objective was not to catch people speeding but rather to stop people speeding.

A total of 214 people have been killed so far this year on Irish roads, down from 240 during the same period in 2007.