You may dislike them, even loathe them, but speed cameras are an essential to reducing the number of accidents on our roads.
There are five sites across county Armagh where mobile safety vehicles ar ein operation.
These ‘vans’ use the latest digital photographic and laser technology to accurately measure and record vehicle speeds.
The vehicles, which are clearly marked and highly visible, are used on the A1 Sprucefield Roundabout to Sheepsbridge Road; Armagh to Monaghan Road in Middletown; Armagh Road in Portadown; Gosford Road in Tandragee and A25 Newry to Belleek.
There are no fixed speed cameras in county Armagh.
However, there are a number of ‘community concern sites’ across county Armagh — seven to be exact.
These include two points on the Monaghan Road out of Armagh city, The Drumintee Road, outside Newry; the Gilford Road in Lurgan, Portadown Road in Tandragee and Banbridge Road in Waringstown.
Community concern sites are enforced where there is a well-founded concern, raised through the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership or the PSNI Area Commander, that a failure to reduce speeds will result in collisions causing death or serious injury.
Once operational, a Community Concern site generally runs for a minimum of six months. During this time further speed data is collected to monitor speeds and the effect of speed enforcement on driver behaviour. The Safer Roads Partnership will only exit a Community Concern site if speeds have been reduced.
The Tandragee Road in Bessbrook is no longer an operational speed check area as is the Scarva Road in Banbridge and Warrenpoint Road in Newry.
There are 90 permanently signed locations across Northern Ireland where eight safety camera vehicles operate.
There are also four fixed safety cameras, six fixed red light running cameras and one average speed enforcement camera system (SPECS). These are all found in the Belfast area.