Sunday 23 October 2016

Gardaí to carry out checkpoints at speed zones for 'Slow Down' Day

Amy Molloy

Published 19/10/2016 | 14:28

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Gardaí will be carrying out checkpoints at Ireland’s 1,031 speed enforcement zones on Friday October 21 as part of 'Slow Down' Day.

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The operation, supported by the Road Safety Authority, will take place over a 24 hour period from 7am Friday Morning until 7am Saturday morning.

It aims to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding and reduce the number of speed related collisions on Irish roads.

There have been 148 people killed on Irish roads so far this year.

Gardaí state that a 1pc reduction in average speed will bring about a 4pc reduction in fatal collisions.

Government departments and local authorities have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to “slow down”.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid of the Garda National Traffic Bureau said:

"There has been a significant increase in road deaths this year compared to 2015, which was the joint safest on record. Excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road crashes. This is not just a catch phrase; this is a stark fact, proven by the analysis of 4 years of fatal collision reports.

“The higher the speed, the greater the risk and the greater the injury if there is a collision. Please recognise this fact and protect not only yourself, but all other road users sharing the road with you.”

He further added: “Road safety is not just a job for the Gardaí or the Road Safety Authority, it is everyone’s responsibility to act and be safe on our roads.”

Schoolchildren across the country are also being asked to take part in the campaign by creating a poster, song or poem to highlight the dangers of speeding.

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