Gardai urge motorists to slow down as 485 vehicles already detected speeding today
Gardai are clamping down on motorists nationwide ahead of the worst weekend of the year for road fatalities, with 485 cars already detected speeding on the country’s roads today.
Operation Slowdown is in full swing between 7.30am this morning and 7.30am tomorrow morning as gardai urge drivers to take their time travelling this weekend.
The June Bank Holiday is the worst weekend on the roads for fatalities. Five people were killed on Irish roads over the weekend in 2013 and five were seriously injured.
In 2012, six people lost their lives and 11 were seriously injured in 2012.
Over 22,000 vehicles have been checked for speeding so far today, with a total of 485 detections including one vehicle travelling at 128 km/h on a 100 km/h zone on the N7.
Another car was detected travelling at 86 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the R390 at Grange, Mullingar in Westmeath.
Gardai also recorded a vehicle travelling at 82 km/h in a 50 km/h zone R752 Ballyfree, Glenealy, Wicklow.
Operation Slowdown U5 - In the first 5 hours and 30 minutes (07.00 to 12.30), over 22,000 vehicles checked - 485 detected. SLOWDOWN.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) May 30, 2014
An Garda Síochána are appealing to motorists to drive safely and stay within the speed limits at all times and especially over this bank holiday weekend.