Longford motorists have been clocking up the penalty points at high speed new figures released today show. According to statistics released to www.longfordleader.ie by the Department of Transport, Longford motorists recorded 778 incidents of speeding between January and June of this year – more than the 766 incidents recorded for all of last year. Around the region, the figures recorded varied from county to county.
Cavan drivers notched up 1,909 incidents of speeding throughout 2010 and drivers there have managed to record 1,458 speeding incidents for the first half of this year. In 2010 Leitrim drivers recorded 1,127 speeding incidents compared to just 489 incidents in the first half of this year. Meanwhile Roscommon drivers clocked up 1,939 in 2010 – compared to 1,201 in January to June 2011 while Westmeath drivers recorded 1,442 speeding incidents in 2010 compared to 1,408 for the first half of this year.
Since the introduction of 600 ‘go safe’ camera vans, the volume of drivers registered to have been travelling over the speed limit has increased against the 2010 figures nationwide. Longford is one of just four counties that was highlighted in today’s report for excessive speeding. tAccording to reports, 96,000 motorists have been punished with penalty points between January and June of this year already. This amount represents 70% of the number of drivers who abused speed boundaries on the road in 2010.