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Gardaí out in force for 24-hour slow down operation

Some 87 roads policing members have been newly appointed and this is due to increase to 150 by the end of the year.

GARDAÍ WILL BE out in force for the next 24 hours for operation Slow Down.

The national speed enforcement operation started at 7am this morning and will continue until 7am tomorrow morning.

Gardaí say the aim of the operation is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

Since 7am, gardaí and GoSafe have checked the speed of 9,618 vehicles, with 26 vehicles being found travelling over the speed limit.

They have released the details of some”notable incidents” so far today:

  • 70km/h in a 50km/h zone on the R445, Ballymany, Newbridge, Kildare
  • 78km/h in a 60km/h zone on the R563, Faha, East Faha, Kerry
  • 139km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M7, Ballyadding, Ballybrittas, Laois
  • 135km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M9, Danesfort, Kilkenny
  • 109km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N25, Loughaderry, Midleton, Cork
  • 132km/h in a 100km/h zone Minish, Killarney
  • 144km/h in a 100km/h zone N2, Monaghan
  • 140km/h in a 100km/h zone N2, Monaghan

An RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in one third of all fatal collisions.

From 1 January – 31 March there have been 24,216 speeding detections. However, 87 roads policing members have been newly appointed and this is due to increase to 150 by the end of the year.

There were 157 road deaths in Ireland last year, the lowest on record, but Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy said we can do better.

“Although last year was the safest on record in terms of road safety, there is no room for complacency. Please stick strictly to the posted speed limit, but if the road, traffic or especially weather conditions dictate…reduce your speed even further. This will make the journey safer not only for you, but for every road user sharing the road with you”.

We ask drivers to slow down not just on Slow Down day, but every day. We will continue to target irresponsible drivers who speed or put others at risk.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in speed enforcement zones and road safety message through national, local and social media.

Gardaí are also asking members of the public to post images with thumbs up with the hashtags #Slowdownday #Slowdown on social media.

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