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Monday 22 September 2014

Drivers warned of 'high risk' on roads at Easter

Sam Griffin

Published 16/04/2014 | 02:30

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A garda speedtrap on the Navan Road. Photo: Collins
A garda speedtrap on the Navan Road. Photo: Collins

NINE out of 10 drivers caught speeding are more than 10kph over the limit, gardai have revealed.

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Gardai say the figures dismiss the myth that the majority of drivers caught speeding are detected just marginally over the speed limit.

In total, some 24 drivers have been caught driving in excess of 60kph over the speed limit and almost 45,000 fixed charge notices were issued in the first three months of the year.

Easter is one of the worst periods on Irish roads with 14 road fatalities and 24 people seriously injured over the period since 2009.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey, yesterday warned reducing speeds will save lives.

Already this year a driver in Louth was detected travelling at 144kmph in a 50kph zone, while another speeder was clocked at 194kmh on a 120kmh motorway in Galway.

"It's not the case people are getting caught just one or two kmph over the speed limit," he said.

"That's of particular concern to us when you consider the consequences of hitting someone at 60kph there is an 85pc chance of that being fatal.

"People underestimate the speed they are travelling at and they underestimate the stopping distance."

There has been a 16pc increase in the number of fixed charged notices issued for speeding compared to last year, but the assistant commissioner says the majority of people are driving more responsibly.

"It's about getting the message to people who use the roads. The first message we want to get to people to drive at a speed that is appropriate to the conditions of the road."

At the joint Garda/ Road Safety Authority Easter launch, Michael Rowland of the RSA said the increase in speeding detections was "concerning" for all road users.

"It's also very worrying to see that nearly half of all speeding detections being made are in 50kph zones – roads which are associated with higher levels of pedestrian and cyclist activity.

"We are appealing for all motorists to slow down this high-risk bank holiday weekend," he said.

Irish Independent

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