Gardai clock motorists travelling at three times speed limit on Ireland's busiest roads
Gardaí have clocked motorists travelling at almost three times the speed limit on some of the busiest roads in the country.
In one case, a motorist was clocked travelling at 140kmh on the Cappagh Road in Dublin 11- where a maximum limit of 50kmh applies. In another, a driver was caught doing 178kmh on the R563 at Faha East in Kerry. The limit is 60kmh.
The terrifying lack of awareness of the dangers involved was revealed as gardaí launched an enforcement campaign for the June bank holiday weekend.
An analysis of the highest speed detections per garda division reveals that the highest speed recorded was 195kmh at Ballacolla in Laois, where a 120kmh limit applies, followed by 189kmh at Keadue in Donegal, where the limit is 100kmh.
Chief Superintendent Mark Curran from the Garda National Traffic Bureau said that speeding was the main cause of road traffic collisions, and that some of the worst offenders not only faced the imposition of penalty points on their licence, but also being charged with dangerous driving.
"Already there has been in excess of 70,000 drivers detected speeding in 2015, with the vast majority travelling far in excess of what is legally permitted including one driver detected travelling at nearly 200kmh," he said.
While the number of people dying on the roads has fallen after increases in 2013 and 2014, some 59 people had already been killed so far this year - a drop of 12 on the same period in 2014.
He added that more than 7,500 drivers were clocked travelling at 30kmh or more above posted speed limits, with 420 travelling at 50kmh or more.
There were 11 cases of serious injury and two fatalities on the June bank holiday weekend last year, and figures show that June, July and August are among the most dangerous months on the road. A total of 256 people have died in these three months over the last five years.