Tuesday 21 November 2017

Operation Slow Down campaign to get motorists to curb speed to launch this weekend

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A HIGH-profile campaign to get motorists to curb their speed will be held this weekend.

Operation Slow Down will target killer driver behaviour and attempt to get road users to stick to appropriate speed limits.

From 7am on Friday, a 24-hour high visibility campaign will be held to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive speed.

A total of 96 people have been killed in road crashes so far this year, with 25 in June.

Another 97,000 drivers were detected for speeding offences.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said a speed limit is not a target.

"What we are dealing with here is people's lives," he said.

"We are forever asking people to co-operate with us on a variety of issues, particularly around crime prevention and reduction.

"But road traffic accidents and reducing fatalities are just as important."

Launching the operation with the Road Safety Authority (RSA), the Commissioner warned gardai will be using all available manpower and technology in their arsenal during the operation.

Noel Brett, RSA chief executive, said the death toll in June was catastrophic.

"That level of carnage was not seen in almost two years," he added.

"I'm also concerned about the number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities which show a marked increase on this time last year."

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