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Here's how many people gardaí caught speeding this morning

There’ll be an increased Garda presence on the roads until 7am tomorrow.

AS PART OF the National ‘Slow Day’ Day, gardaí and GoSafe have caught 96 people speeding so far today.

From 7am to 10.30am, 20,227 vehicles were checked. Just one in every 200 vehicles were speeding, meaning there was a compliance rate of 99.5%.

One vehicle was travelling at 81km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the N80 Tullow Road in Carlow, while another reached a speed of 114 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the N21 at Rathkeale in Limerick.

Gardaí have reminded people to slow down and use dipped headlights while driving today.

There will be an increased Garda presence on roads from 7am today to 7am tomorrow, due to the increased number of journeys that take place on a bank holiday weekend.

Last year saw an increase in road deaths for the first time since 2006, resulting in 190 fatalities.

Some 153 people have died on our roads so far this year – the same number at this stage in 2013.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has urged road users to be extra vigilant over the long weekend.

I am concerned at the number of people being killed on our roads this year, in particular the number of vulnerable road users. With clocks going back this weekend, which will result in darker evenings I would appeal to all road users to take greater care when using the road.

“Be seen by wearing reflective material if out walking or cycling and drivers please use your dipped headlights at all times. Be aware too that the changing weather will make for challenging road conditions so it’s critical that all take extra care.”

The Road Safety Authority and Applegreen have teamed up to provide a free cup of coffee to drivers from 2-8pm today at 17 participating service stations. Drivers will get their caffeine fix once they mention the RSA or the ‘Driver Reviver’ campaign.

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