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26/10/2021

Hi-tech safety checkpoints 'spying' on vehicles in Kildare roads

Naas ball
Hi-tech devices are gathering vehicle data in Co Kildare as part of a wider pilot project. The checkpoint system is being run by the Road Safety Authority to detect drivers of commercial vehicles and cars who may be in breach of the law. Information on hundreds of cars, including private cars, has been captured by automated number-plate recognition technology at specific checkpoints across the country. The authority said its watch list would initially target vehicles with an out-of-date certificate of roadworthiness. It would also be used in the future to detect where drivers had exceeded their permitted hours behind the wheel. Two checkpoints were located in Co Kildare - on the N7 at Naas close to the Perpetual Motion ball sculpture and and on the Athy Road in Kilcullen, Co Kildare. The ongoing pilot project, which began last year, has captured information on more than 200 vehicles which it considers were not road worthy, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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