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Drivers take note... Gardaí are launching a major speed clamp-down

Gardaí have announced a 24-hour enforcement campaign.

ALWAYS DRIVE WITHIN the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

— The standard advice from the gardaí applies every day of course, but if you tend to be on the road early in the morning, it may be worth noting that the force is planning another of its regular enforcement campaigns this weekend.

The 24-hour ‘Slow Down’ day kicked in at 7am today and will last until 7am tomorrow.

Gardaí are warning they’ll be out in numbers on primary and secondary routes.

All speed enforcement technologies will be utilised, including all laser handheld speed detection devices, Garda safety camera vans and in-car speed detection systems.

A particular focus on business owners and managers is being made ahead of the operation.

According to a statement:

Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to “Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

Top Gear Live World Tour Stig, for instance, might want to take notice of the advice from gardaí tonight. Source: Photocall Ireland

Gardaí will be spreading word of their operation via their Twitter and Facebook accounts – and they want drivers to get involved.

The Garda National Traffic Bureau’s Superintendent Con O’ Donohue wants your photos:

“We urge any person, company or organisation who wants to show support for our ‘Slow Down’ day to send us photos, for example a thumbs up standing beside your car.

“It’s a novel way of getting people talking and thinking about road safety and what we can do to make the roads safer for all.

A dedicated email address has been created, or people can post them directly to our social media accounts”.

He added:

“Excessive or inappropriate speed causes death and injury on our roads, and remains the primary contributory cause of road traffic collisions. Slowing down keeps you and others around you safe on our roads, and although this is a targeted 24 hour operation, we appeal to drivers to always abide by this advice – slow down, save lives.”

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