Slow Down – Gardaí To Clamp Down

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Gardaí warn they will be out in force from 7am tomorrow morning as part of a national 24-hour crackdown on speeding.

The objective of National Slow Down Day is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on roads across the country.

Gardai will also be issuing advice to motorists and reminding drivers of the dangers of driving at excess speed.

Finbarr Murphy is Chief is Superintendent at the Garda’s Roads Policing Bureau:

“We appeal to all drivers to slow down and support our National Slow Down day. This will reduce injury and tragedy on the road. Although last year was the safest on record in terms of road safety, there is no room for complacency.

Please stick strictly to the posted speed limit, but if the road, traffic or especially weather conditions dictate reduce your speed even further.

‘In terms of road safety, 2017 was the lowest on record with 157 road deaths, however it is still 157 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety.’

Excessive speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in one third of all fatal collisions during that time.

All speed enforcement zone locations are available on the Garda website. The penalty for speeding is 3 penalty points and an €80 euro fine if paid within 28 days.

The survey hours will be conducted from unmarked vans, in order to accurately observe and record the speeds at which vehicles are currently travelling, for survey purposes only.

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