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batman
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 6:00 pm    Post subject: Speed cameras in Ireland Reply with quote

Does anyone know where I can download a speed camera database for the Republic of Ireland?
I will be visiting the Republic soon, and would like to update my GPS software with the speed cameras.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 8:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Speed cameras in Ireland Reply with quote

I don't think they really have many fixed speed cameras, but you do see a few mobile checkpoints or cameras in unmarked transit vans. A radar detector may be your best bet, though it may or may not give you adequate warning of a LASER trap.

The police in Ireland have been cracking down on speeding motorists over the past year or so with a points system introduced - a lot of people were getting killed on the roads there.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:21 pm    Post subject: Speeding in Ireland (or hopefully not!) Reply with quote

Thanks for the response Skippy.
The only question that raises is: are radar detectors legal in Eire?
I though not. I was looking at getting one, but am a bit concerned about recent rumours that they are likely to be banned here anyway.
I guess that driving under the limit is always best :D [/img]
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the contrary - there are a fair few GATSO cameras in Rep. of Ireland (I used to live in dublin, and there was one right on the stretch of road outside my house).

The only difference is (and why people mistaking think there are fewer) that they are not required to be visable by law - no bright colours, the guards keep them hidden at times. It is required to have a camera warning sign on the road, but as some of them are the same road half way across the country it may be at the start of the road a few hundred Km's back. I'm not sure if they're required to repeat them every so often in Ireland - can anyone clarify?

The one beside where I used to live was on the dual carrageway towards dublin where for very little good reason the limit drops quickly from 60, to 50, then to 40. It was dark grey and the rear of it completely hidden by a tree - only those used to the road knew about it - as you're guaranteed to see it flash (the one on the N4 at lucan for any irish out there).

A lot around the country aren't active, but moreso since the major crackdown started. Everytime I visit home I now notice a lot more people obeying the (sometimes random) restrictions, particularly on motorways, no one dares stray over 70 Smile
It has however reduced accidents, so it's not a bad thing.

Also, the majority of traffic cops are on superbikes, and have nothing better to do all day than cruise around. There are also alot more unmarked cars (usually quite powerful) than there are over here - and gone are the days of looking out for a lack of hubcaps and 2/3 aerials on the roof - nowadays its alloy wheels and integrated aerials Laughing Out Loud.

Most of the larger busy roads around dublin will often have an unmarked van around a bend (think the city has 4 or 5 of them now) with the laser in the back and cameras.

I'm not sure what the story is though with follow-ups on gatso photos with foreign registration plates though - does anyone know?

As for laser/radar detectors you can own one, but using it is an offence. So if you did get pulled over in a UK reg car so long as it was off the guards would nothing to stand on. I'm not sure if "detector detectors" are readily used at home though?

So far however you can only be fined - the points systems do not (yet) carry over. Its quite mad really, esp. if you hold a N.Irish (UK) licence - as a banned driver there can still drive normally in S.Ireland or UK (as far as I am aware).

That's mostly the larger cities (Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford etc.) - most of the rest of the country is mainly covered by bike cops and mobile units, though major links west and south certainly have the *odd* GATSO on them, not sure about northen links.

Anyway, hope this helps. I'll be visiting dublin myself in a week - be interesting to see how TT Major Roads of Europe handles it! Laughing Out Loud.

Also, I know it's not GPS related, but has anyone any experience with the cordless escort solo 2 radar/laser detector?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brad_eire wrote:
Also, I know it's not GPS related, but has anyone any experience with the cordless escort solo 2 radar/laser detector?


Hmm, dunno about that particular model but I have seen some reviews slagging escorts off as being of poor quality. I have a Bel990i which is quite good, but now replaced by the similar Euro550.

If you do get a radar detector make sure you can select which bands you want to be alerted to. Specifically you need to be able to disable X-Band detection or it will drive you potty.

I used a radar detector for years when I lived in New Zealand where the police used radar everywhere, but I don't find it necessary in the UK. Bear in mind that they are illegal in some European countries (ie France) and I think they are of limited use in the UK - there are so many non radar speed measurement systems out there. You are better off with a good GPS system with the locations programmed in, in my opinion.

Beware of people selling detectors at vastly inflated prices. Check out the price in America, they are the same unit as sold in the UK (regardless of what the UK retailers try and tell you). There is a good website at: http://www.speed-trap.co.uk/Avoid_Home/Avoid_Gadgets.htm

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