Thursday 21 November 2019

National Slow Down Day: Gardai record vehicle driving 50km/h over limit

Operation slowdown checkpoint on Conyingham rd Dublin #Thumbsup (Photo: Twitter/@GardaTraffic)
Operation slowdown checkpoint on Conyingham rd Dublin #Thumbsup (Photo: Twitter/@GardaTraffic)

Denise Calnan and Cormac Fitzgerald

A vehicle driving almost 50km/h over the speed limit has been recorded on the country's roads today, as gardaí roll out an 'intensive national speed enforcement operation' for the weekend.

The vehicle was detected driving a total of 119km/h in an 80km/h zone in Ballyonan, Co Louth.

Another vehicle was recorded travelling at 108 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the R267 Bundoran, Donegal, while in Castlebar, Mayo, gardaí noted a car travelling at at 124 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N5.

As part of 'National Slow Down Day', gardaí checked the speed of approximately 18,000 vehicles between 7am and 10.45am this morning.

'National Slow Down Day' will take place from 7am Friday morning until 7am Saturday.

Gardaí will be out in force, enforcing speed limits on both national primary and secondary roads. Speed vans, in-car speed detection systems and handheld speed detection devices will all be deployed.

The operation is being supported by the Road Safety Authority and gardaí say that the objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on the roads.

There will also be GoSafe vehicles deployed on 'speed enforcement zones' where fatal or serious collisions have occurred in the past.

There are 727 speed enforcement zones in total which can be viewed on the Garda website.

Gardaí are appealing for the public's support for the operation, encouraging them to send pictures with their cars to or to post them to Twitter with the hashtag #STUD.

Superintendent Con O'Donohue of the Garda National Traffic Bureau said that although the numbers dying on the roads are down from last year, people cannot afford to become complacent on the roads.

"A significant number of people still drive too fast at times. The “Slow Down” day has a simple aim, to get people to slow down," he said.

"This will reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.”

Last year saw an increase in road deaths, with 195 deaths recorded. Gardaí say that excessive speed is a major contributory factor in these deaths.

"Excessive or inappropriate speed causes death and injury on our roads, and remains the primary contributory cause of road traffic collisions," said Supt O'Donohue.

"Slowing down keeps you and others around you safe on our roads, and although this is a targeted 24 hour operation, we appeal to drivers to always abide by this advice – slow down, save lives.”

To date 106 people have been killed on Irish roads, 21 fewer than at the same time in 2014.

A recent Garda analysis of speeding offences revealed that 90pc of all offences were more that 10Km/h over the speed limit.

And 50km/h zones were the worst for speeding offences, with nearly half of all speeding offences happening in this zone. 

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