High Definition Cameras installed at Balla roadworks as part of Road Safety campaign

Posted in Connect on June 13, 2019.

As the warm weather arrives, road works become increasingly familiar sights along Irish roads. But we should not let familiarity become complacency. Even though many of us will be driving through road works every day, we should continue to keep our eyes wide open and obey the posted rules of the road. Many lives depend upon it.

As soon as people are asked to stop or slow down, the first thing they do is grab their phones. We’re seeing distracted drivers as a root cause of accidents, and we’re putting the emphasis on paying attention when stopping or passing through road work sites.

Other concerns coming from road work employees are motorists speeding through the sites and failing to stop for traffic lights or the stop/go signs.

Two high definition CCTV cameras have been installed at a location on the upgrade of the N60 at Lagnamuck, Balla, in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the road works site.

Mayo County Council announced earlier this week a working partnership with P&D Lydon Civil Engineering contractors and An Garda Siochana that they would be installing a new CCTV system at this site to assist Gardai in identifying and apprehending offenders. The Gardai will also have presence at the road work site to monitor driver behaviour and to enforce the lower road works speed limit.

Over the course of the ongoing works the footage will be fed back to Gardai who will review it and then issue fixed charge penalty notices to any drivers found to be speeding of breaking the traffic lights.

As visitors to our county and its residents alike should recognise, a road works area consists of our local authority or a contractor doing its job to improve the road network and accordingly improving Mayo as a county.

The purpose of this campaign is to remind drivers that the most important things they can do to keep roadside workers safe are slow down and pay attention to instructions from traffic control personnel, temporary road signs and traffic control devices.

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