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22nd May 2020

Gardaí reveal speeding figures on National Slow Down Day

Rudi Kinsella

Man stabbed Dublin December 2021

One motorist was detected travelling at 202km/h on the M50 this morning.

Gardaí have revealed a number of speeding figures on National Slow Down Day.

From 7am on Friday (22 May) until the same time on Saturday morning, Gardaí will be conducting road checks across the country with the overall objective of reducing the number of speed-related collisions, saving lives and reducing injuries on Irish roads.

On Friday afternoon, Gardaí said that since 7am, they have checked the speed of 44,105 vehicles with 349 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

One motorist was detected travelling at 202km on the M50 this morning.

Other notable speeds include:

  • 99km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R707 Burgagery Lands East, Clonmel
  • 124km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the M50 Kilmore, Dublin 17
  • 101km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the Katherine Tynan Road, Dublin 24
  • 101km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the Navan Road, Dublin 15
  • 128km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N4 Clongawny, Mullingar

Speaking about the initiative occurring during the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said: “National Slow Down day is about making our roads and our communities safer. During the current Covid-19 restrictions we have seen an increase in the number of vulnerable users on our roads. Excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to serious injuries and fatalities.

“Despite reduced volumes of traffic on our roads, the levels of speed has increased. Whilst the vast majority of drivers drive safely within the speed limits, and it is most welcome, there still remain those who continue to drive at excessive speeds.”

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