'Slow Down' campaign catches 782 drivers in 24 hours
A NATIONAL garda clampdown on speeding ahead of the notoriously deadly bank holiday weekend detected 782 cars breaking the speed limit – some by more than 40kmh.
The 'Slow Down' day campaign was rolled out across the country yesterday and gardai are pleading with drivers to travel within the speed limit over the weekend.
The 24-hour campaign kicked off yesterday at 7am and runs until early today.
Gardai established a number of checkpoints around the country and revealed that in the initial nine hours of the operation, just over 74,500 vehicles were checked for speeding.
And, 782 of those were found to be driving over the limit – including one vehicle travelling at 128kmh on a 100kmh zone on the N7.
Another car was travelling at 100kmh in a 60kmh zone on the R188 at Doocassan, Drung, Cavan.
Gardai also recorded a vehicle travelling at 82kmh in a 50kmh zone R752 Ballyfree, Glenealy, Wicklow, and another travelling at 127kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N25 at Ballyadam, Carrigtwohill, Cork.
The 'Slow Down' appeal came after five people were killed on our roads during last year's June bank holiday weekend.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that speed remains one of the "biggest risk factors" for drivers.
"We should all work together to ensure we do not have a repeat of such carnage this year," he said.
"By slowing down we reduce the likelihood of a crash, and the severity of the injuries.