Gardaí have appealed to motorists to obey the speed limit after 453 vehicles were spotted exceeding the applicable speed limit to date.
As part of Operation Slow Down, which is supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), speed checks will be in place for 24 hours until 7am tomorrow, Christmas Eve.
The call was issued to reduce the number of speed-related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
During the first five hours of the 24-hour National Slow Down Day, GoSafe checked the speed of over 192,000 vehicles and found that 453 vehicles exceeded the applicable speed limit.
This initiative raises awareness of the dangers of speeding in order to improve speed compliance, discourage motorists from speeding excessively or inappropriately and ultimately reduce the number of serious road accidents, particularly around the Christmas and New Year period.
To date, 156 people have died on Irish roads this year. That’s 28 more than that day last year.
There have been about 1,172 serious collisions resulting in injuries that are often life-changing.
Examples of motorists endangering themselves and others include one motorist driving at 88 km/h in a 50 km/h zone at Coolock Lane, Dublin 17, another driving at 135 km/h in a 80 km/h zone on the N4 Ballydowd, Lucan drives, 76 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the N6 in Galway, 136 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the M6 at Westmeath.
Motorists have also been caught going under the speed limit, including one motorist driving at 89km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N80 Craan Kildavin in Carlow and another driving at 88km/h h driving in a 100 km/h zone on the N13 Moness Burt, Donegal.
The Deputy Commissioner of Roads Policing & Community Engagement said Operation Slow Down, ongoing today, “is not about Gardaí detecting speed and imposing fines, it is about saving lives, as reducing motorists’ speeds is for the improvement.” road safety is essential”.
Paula Hilman said: “We know from our enforcement work that motorists continue to drive recklessly at speeds well above posted speed limits.”
“This poses a serious risk not only to you and your passengers, but to all road users, especially vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists.
“I appeal to all road users to support us in our efforts to keep people on our roads safe. The message from us is clear – check your speed regularly, drive safely and slow down.”
The Transportation Safety Agency’s CEO urged people to plan ahead and be mindful of their Christmas drives.
Sam Waide said: “The roads will be very busy in the coming days with people traveling for Christmas and the New Year. Busy roads mean it may take longer to reach your destination.”
“My advice is to plan ahead, start earlier on long journeys, take frequent breaks to reduce rider fatigue and slow down. Remember that the time saved by speeding is minimal, so don’t put yourself or others at risk.
“Between December 24 and December 31 last year, nine people were killed and another 30 seriously injured in traffic accidents. Let’s make sure families don’t mourn anymore. Together we can ensure that all road users get home safely this Christmas.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/car-going-135kmh-in-80kmh-zone-among-453-caught-speeding-so-far-on-national-slow-down-day-42241027.html Car driving 135 km/h in the 80 km/h zone, among 453 caught on National Slow Down Day so far