Those travelling over the 80 km/h speed limit will receive a fine and penalty points
The new speed cameras in Dublin's Port Tunnel came into operation this morning.
The cameras will monitor a driver’s average speed while driving through the tunnel and if a driver is above the 80 km/h speed limit they will be in violation and will receive a fine and penalty points.
According to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TTI), traffic levels through the Port Tunnel have increased by 40% over the last 5 years and as a result there is statistically, an increase in the potential for collisions and incidents.
The new speed cameras look to mitigate this potential because there is typically a 50% reduction in the collision rate once speed cameras are in operation.
Once the cameras determine that a vehicle has exceeded the speed limit, it will automatically create a record of the violation which will then be transmitted to An Garda Síochána for their use.
The fixed charge penalty for speeding currently is an €80 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence, increasing to 5 penalty points and an increased fine if convicted in court.
Speaking about the announcement, Minister for Transport, Shane Ross T.D, said: "Any initiative that has the potential to save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads is to be welcomed."
Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Roads Policing, said: "As we approach the June bank holiday, a time when there will be an increase in traffic volumes on the road, we welcome this enhancement to the operations and safety of the Dublin Tunnel.
"The amount of traffic in particular travelling through the Dublin Tunnel is increasing and this new average speed enforcement system provides additional support toward maintaining a safe travel experience for all users of the Tunnel."