Gardai urge drivers to reduce speed for National Slow Down Day

By Hayden Moore

GARDAI are holding a speed enforcement operation across the country as part of National Slow Down Day, which runs from 7am this morning for 24 hours.

According to information released by gardai, there has been 58 fatalities on Irish roads since the start of the year.

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In the first three months of 2019, more than 36,000 detections were picked up on the 1,000 sections of roads used as speed enforcement zones.

In a statement released on National Slow Down Day, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “The aim of ‘Slow Down Day’ is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and acts as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.”

“Safety cameras will be on the roads all across Ireland where fatal or injury collisions are happening as a result of inappropriate speed.”

With 146 road deaths in 2018, Gardai believe that a one percent reduction in average speed will bring about a four percent reduction in fatal collisions.

Gardai have advised all drivers to: “Adjust your speed to all prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions.

“Protect your community – make the choice to abide by every speed limit to make the roads safer for all.”

For updates on #NationallSlowDownDay, visit RSA Ireland and An Gardai Síochána on Twitter.

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