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Drivers who are caught speeding, not wearing seatbelts, or using their phone while driving by gardaí will face increased penalties. In addition, An Garda Síochána have announced 61 new safety camera zones, bringing the total in Ireland to 1,373.

This would see the fine for speeding increase from €80 to €160. A fine for mobile phone use would increase from €60 to €120, with the same amount applying to not wearing a seatbelt. Measures to increase penalty points will require further legislation, which the Government intends to look towards

It is understood that the increase in fines will aim to get motorists to exercise added caution on Irish roads, particularly in the high-risk month of August, with road deaths up significantly this year.

Minister Naughton has also specifically called on the Irish public to ‘slow down’ for the month of August.