Monday 25 September 2017

Gardai record 226 cars travelling over the speed limit in just 24 hours

A garda from Dublin’s Traffic Corps pictured at a checkpoint on Dublin’s Victoria Quay. Photo: Frank McGrath
A garda from Dublin’s Traffic Corps pictured at a checkpoint on Dublin’s Victoria Quay. Photo: Frank McGrath

Zainab Boladale

Gardaí have said that they checked 134,739 cars in a clampdown on speeding over 24 hours and recorded 226 travelling over the limit.

Among the worst offenders recorded was a a vehicle in Cavan travelling at 131km/h in a 100 km/h zone, another in Knockboy, Waterford doing 89km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the R683 and another driver in Athy, Kildare who was speeding at 100 km/h in a 60km/h zone.

National Slow Down Day was held between 7am on Friday and Saturday and the aim of it was to urge motorists to slow down and emphasies that speed kills.

The initiative has been running since 2012 and it saw 927 speeding detections last May.

There was also an increase in road deaths potentially linked to speeding last year.

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Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn
Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn

Assistant Commissioner of the Roads Policing Bureau, Michael Finn, said: "We would like to thank the 134,513 drivers who were found to be compliant and drove within the speed limit and would encourage all drivers to drive safely, comply with and respect speed limits."

Mr Finn added: "As of today’s date there have been fewer road fatalities compared to last year, but we can never be complacent and say the job is done.

"I would like to thank the Road Safety Authority and all the organisations who were involved in and supported this campaign.

"Drivers, please, think about the consequences of speeding the next time you get behind the wheel and reduce your speed accordingly."

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