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22nd Oct 2021

419 vehicles caught over the speed limit on National Slow Down Day

Dave Hanratty

National Slow Down Day results

“Unfortunately, there are still a number who continue to break the law and drive excessively.”

National ‘Slow Down Day’ took place over a 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday of this week as Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority encouraged safer behaviour on Irish roads.

Across the designated day, Gardaí personnel and GoSafe checked a total of 192,333 vehicles.

Of these, 419 vehicles were recorded travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

Over 300 vehicles were caught speeding in the first 10 hours of the operation alone.

The most significant infractions include:

• 114km/h in a 60km/h zone on the N62 Clongower, Thurles, Tipperary
• 135km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N7 Brownsbarn, Dublin
• 116km/h in a 80km/h zone on the M50 Kilmore, Dublin
• 112km/h in a 80km/h zone on the R738 Growtown, Upper Barntown, Wexford
• 134km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N18 Ballinacurra (Weston), Limerick
• 124km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N21 Meanus, Castleisland, Kerry
• 76km/h in a 60km/h zone on the R238 Tullyarvan, Buncrana, Donegal
• 79km/h in a 60km/h zone on the Callan Road, Kilkenny
• 122km/h in a 50km/h zone in Donegal
• 96Km/H in a 60Km/h zone in Dublin
• 114Km/h in a 80Km/h zone in Dublin
• 155Km/h in a 120Km/h zone in Louth

Following the conclusion of Slow Down Day, authorities continue to remind motorists of the dangers of speeding, urging all drivers to slow down, drive carefully and always abide by the speed limits.

“Speed is the main contributing factor in many of the crashes on our roads, which all too often devastatingly result in the loss of lives of our neighbours, friends, members of our communities and our loved ones,” said Superintendent Tom Murphy of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau.

“This needless loss must stop. Unfortunately, there are still a number who continue to break the law and drive excessively.

“An Garda Síochána will continue to focus our enforcement efforts on these motorists as we strive to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads,” Murphy concluded.

To date, there have been 114 traffic-related fatalities in Ireland in 2021.

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