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Sunday 16 June 2019

Over 260 drivers caught speeding in Garda crackdown for Slow Down Day

Speed limits were broken throughout the country. Stock picture
Speed limits were broken throughout the country. Stock picture

Allison Bray and Callum Lavery

More than 260 drivers were caught speeding in only 12 hours yesterday.

Despite An Garda Síochána's National Slow Down Day, by 7pm last night 261 motorists were found to be breaking the limit, according to gardaí.

Between 7am and 7pm yesterday, speed cameras had monitored 172,406 vehicles nationwide.

In Dublin 4, a driver was found hurtling along the R118 Rock Road at almost twice the 50kmh limit.

Another driver was travelling at 81kmh in a 50kmh zone in Griffith Avenue while another was clocked at 137kmh on the M1 in Lusk, where the maximum speed is 120kmh.

Outside the capital, a motorist was caught driving at 154kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N20 in Cork.

In Ballina, Co Mayo, a driver was travelling at 143kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N26.

Gardaí mounting a checkpoint near Shankill also arrested a driver on suspicion of drug-driving on Ballyman Road. The driver's car was also seized. It was suspected the driver was uninsured.

The campaign ran from 7am yesterday until 7am today in a bid to reduce the carnage on our roads from excessive speed.

"The objective is to reduce the number of speed-related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads," said gardaí.

"The aim of Slow Down Day is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed," they added.

The Road Safety Authority and the GoSafe speed-detection company are also appealing to the public to slow down.

"Excessive or inappropriate speeding is a major factor in road traffic collisions," they warned.

"Safety cameras will be on the roads all across Ireland where fatal or injury collisions are happening as a result of inappropriate speed."

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, of the Roads Policing Bureau, said he hoped the event would discourage "completely unacceptable" speeding on Irish roads. "Each time a vehicle speeds it could result in a serious or fatal collision. Please check your speed."

Irish Independent

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