The speed detection van arrived in Inishowen yesterday and has already been deployed on the same road where gangsters set fire to the last one.
And a Garda Traffic Corps Assistant Commissioner John Twomey hit out at anyone who attacks the speed vans.
“The aim of these cameras is to save lives and prevent fatalities on our roads and it is therefore hard to understand why anyone would want to attack them,” he said.
Donegaldaily understands that the some vans in Donegal – which are operated by a private company called GoSafe – are being monitored by Gardai in unmarked vehicles to guarantee their safety.
There has been a 60% increase in the number of people caught speeding since the privately operated mobile safety cameras were first deployed in November.
There have been 50,000 people detected speeding by the cameras throughout the State since then.
Gardai say there were 26,000 people detected speeding during March alone, which is three times higher than during the same month in 2010.
However, gardaí say that people are getting the message about speeding as the number of people detected per hour has fallen by 14 to six.
They say that of the 18,000 hours that the cameras have been operating, 9,000 have been at weekends and at night when the least amount of traffic is on the roads but when the most fatalities take place.
Despite the public messages from Gardai, the location of vans in areas where some people perceive there isn’t a speeding risk has led to anger from some motorists.Tags: