Several new speed cameras on local roads from Friday

Several new cameras will operate throughout Co. Roscommon later this week as part of a major expansion of the speed camera network.

  From midnight on May 27th, gardaí will target speeding motorists at more than 1,000 known crash locations countrywide. An extra 355 speed-enforcement zones will come into operation and will be added to the list of those prioritised by the privately operated GoSafe camera vans. It will bring the number of locations where checkpoints are regularly in force to 1,031.

  Cameras will operate at 14 locations in Co. Roscommon.

  In the north, they will operate along four stretches of the N5, at Frenchpark, Tulsk, Strokestown and Tarmonbarry; at the R361 (Frenchpark to Boyle road), just outside Frenchpark; along the R294, a two-mile stretch that links Boyle town to the N4; the R368 (Elphin to Strokestown road), just outside Elphin; and along a stretch of the N4 between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon.

  In the south of the county, they will operate on the N61 (Roscommon-Athlone road) on a stretch near Athlone; along the R362, through Monksland and Bealnamullia; and along a stretch of the M6 (Dublin to Galway road) just outside Athlone.

  In mid-Roscommon, checkpoints will operate at the R366 (Roscommon-Castlecoote road), just outside Roscommon town; and on the R371 between Lanesboro and Curraghroe in the direction of Strokestown.

  A checkpoint will also operate on the N60 at Castlerea.

  Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said that the force were delighted to announce the expansion of this vital road safety measure.

  “The safety cameras are proven life-savers and only operate in areas which have a speed-related collision history, where fatal, serious-injury and now minor-injury collisions occur,” he said.