Government row ‘delays placement of speed cameras’

A row between Government departments is stalling the roll-out of speed cameras across the roads network, broadcaster Gay Byrne has claimed.

As the bank holiday death toll reached seven, the angry Road Safety Authority (RSA) chairman also said some motorists were ignoring warnings about speeding.

Mr Byrne said he was outraged that speed cameras had still not been rolled out across the country because of “some sort of argument between the Department of Justice and the Department of Finance”.

“It’s an absolute outrage that we have been delayed for so long on one of the main planks of our safety programme. I wish somebody would take charge of this and sort it out for once and for all,” he added.

Mr Byrne said the latest deaths were shocking given that there was a total of only one fatality during the Easter and May bank holiday weekends.

“It is just awful, it is just appalling, and we’re all very saddened by it.

“This happens in best practice countries, that just when you’re beginning to believe that people are getting the message and the trend is in the right direction, along comes a weekend like this one which is absolutely awful,” he said.

Article courtesy of The Evening Echo newspaper

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