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A driver was clocked doing 176km/h on St Patrick's Day

Gardaí were out in force staging their usual clampdown on speeding, drink-driving and other driving offences.

A DRIVER WAS clocked doing more than 50km/h over the speed limit on the main Dublin to Limerick road yesterday.

Gardaí were out in force staging their usual St Patrick’s Day clampdown on speeding, drink-driving and other driving offences.

In the same operation, on the M7 near Portlaoise, vehicles were recorded driving at 150 and 166km/h.

A maximum speed limit of 120km/h is in place for all motorways in Ireland.

Clampdown 

The Road Safety Authority issued a particular warning to drivers to beware of getting behind the wheel the ‘morning after’ this week, in light of the traditional 17 March celebrations.

“We’re not suggesting that people don’t enjoy themselves but we would urge people to act safely and responsibly, particularly when it comes to alcohol and road use,” CEO of the RSA Moyagh Murdock said.

“If you decide to go out for the night, leave the car at home and take the sensible option by using a designated driver or getting a taxi, hackney to and from your destination.

“This is also important the morning after the night before as you may still be over the limit without realising it.

“It roughly takes you about one hour for your body to get rid of one unit of alcohol, that’s a half pint or standard glass of wine.

If you got to bed in the early hours and didn’t get a good night’s sleep, this will magnify the impairing effects of any alcohol in your system.

In the five year period between 2011-2015 a total of 15 people lost their lives and a further 34 people were seriously injured in road collisions between 16-18 March.

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