More than 1,000 speed checks to be carried out today as part of National Slow Down day 1 year ago

More than 1,000 speed checks to be carried out today as part of National Slow Down day

There have been 117 road fatalities in Ireland this year.

National Slow Down day got underway on Friday morning at 7am as the Gardaí look to clampdown on speeding across the country.

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

Slow Down day, which will run until 7am on Saturday, is designed as a reminder to drivers of the dangers of speeding, to increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in speed enforcement zones, which now number over 1,000, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: "I would urge all drivers to show their support for National Slow Down Day and every day by easing off on the accelerator.

"Inappropriate speed is a factor in a third of fatal crashes each year and those most at risk from speeding are vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists."

She added: "The Gardaí and the RSA have gone to great lengths to tell people about this safety drive and that’s because it’s about stopping people from speeding not catching people speeding. I appeal to all drivers to slow down and save lives on National ‘Slow Down’ Day."

From January until the start of September this year, there were 85,457 speeding detections on Irish roads.

All the speed enforcement zone locations are available to view on the Garda website here.