Ireland’s first automated Red Light Camera System, located at the junction of Blackhall Place and the Luas Red Line / Benburb Street, was launched today by Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe TD. An Garda Siochána’s PULSE system is linked to the Camera System at Blackhall Place and now motorists breaking this red light will automatically receive 3 penalty points.
This automated Red Light Camera System results from an innovative partnership between five key agencies in the city working together with one aim – to reduce accidents and collisions. An Garda Síochána, the National Transport Authority, the Railway Procurement Agency, the Department of Justice and Dublin City Council have worked together to develop, install and extensively test this Red Light Camera system which forms part of An Garda Siochána’s enforcement, feeding information directly into the PULSE system. The installation of this camera system and its ongoing operation and maintenance has been funded by the National Transport Authority.
It is a driving offence to break red lights at any junction and this system captures images of motorists breaking red lights, their licence plate numbers and other data allowing An Garda Siochána to pursue offenders under the Road Traffic Acts.
This technology can be applied to other junctions in Dublin, and in other parts of the country, where motorists breaking red lights is particularly problematic. It is hoped, subject to funding, that these systems will be rolled out at more junctions with a history of collisions, including those along the Luas lines. This work is part of ongoing #LuasSafety efforts to prevent Luas-Vehicle collisions. It’s very important that motorists know how to safely share the road with Luas trams. Click here to find out how to drive safely around Luas.