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Gardai announce eight new speed van zones are coming to Laois

Gardai have announced that they are creating eight new zones where speed vans will be situated in Laois – starting on Monday February 17 at 6am.

This is part of a new plan which will see a total of 1,322 safety cameras nationwide – an increase of 900.

Currently there are six zones in Laois where speed vans are located.

There are three along the N77 which goes from Durrow to Portlaoise and two on the N80 which goes from Killeshin to Portlaoise.

While the other is on the R639 which is between Cullohill and Durrow.

While the specific locations where the new speed vans will be located is not disclosed, the roads on which they will appear has been.

One will be situated on a 5km stretch of the M7 while three more are primed for the N80 between Killeshin and Portlaoise, through Arles and Stradbally, to bring the total on that route to five.

Two speed vans are heading for the R445 – this is the road from Borris-In-Ossory to Portlaoise which goes through Pike Of Rushall, Castletown and Mountrath.

The R422, from Clonaslee to Rosenallis into Mountmellick and on to Emo, will also get a speed van.

While the final new speed van is primed for the R435 which goes from Borris-In-Ossory on to Donaghmore and down to Rathdowney.

Gardai say: “An Garda Síochána appeals to all road users, in particular motorists, to familiarise themselves with these sections of the road network.

“We also appeal to motorists to always drive at an appropriate speed, to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a fatal or serious collision.

“By identifying and targeting these high risk areas our aim is to continue to reduce the number and severity of collisions, thus save more lives and prevent more injuries from occurring. This makes the roads safer for every road user.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.