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slow down

Almost 500 Irish drivers caught speeding in just 24 hours

Gardaí have checked more than 100,000 vehicles since yesterday morning.

YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL ‘Slow Down’ Day and gardaí have said they detected 454 vehicles speeding.

The operation, which saw a large number of checkpoints rolled out across the country between 7am yesterday and 7am this morning, saw more than 100,000 vehicles checked.

Though almost 500 incidents of speeding were detected, gardaí said today that reports from around the country indicate that the response to the initiative’s key message – to slow down – was heeded by members of the public. For the most part, people did reduce their speed.

Unfortunately, despite the widespread publicity around the operation, some drivers failed to change their driving behaviour.

Here are some of the notable occurrences:

  • 84 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the N21 Adare, Limerick
  • 93 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the R245 Magheranan, Letterkenny, Donegal
  • 124 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N18 Cratloekeel, Cratloe, Clare
  • 103 km/h in an 80km/h zone on the R733 Ballyknock, Ballymitty Wexford
  • 114 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the R314 Laghtadawannagh, Ballina, Mayo
  • 124 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N11 Scarawalsh, Enniscorthy, Wexford
  • 89 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the Clontarf Road, Dublin 3
  • 124 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N5 Ballymacrah, Castlebar, Mayo
  • 69 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the North Circular Road, Dublin

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