Sun chasing speeders beware - Gardaí out in force for National Slow Down Day

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Limerick gardai warn they will be out in force for National Slow Down Day

National Slow Down Day takes place between 7am on Friday and 7am on Saturday

If you're planning to rush home to catch the sun this weekend then think twice because Gardaí are warning they will be out in force across Laois and other counties from 7am this Friday as part of a national 24-hour crackdown on speeding.

The objective of National Slow Down Day is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on roads across the country. 

Gardai will also be issuing advice to motorists and reminding drivers of the dangers of driving at excess speed.

The 24-hour operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in speed enforcement zones as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media. 

Laois County Council as well as other State agencies have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to "Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions. 

Finbarr Murphy Chief is Superintendent at the Garda's Roads Policing Bureau.

“We appeal to all drivers to slow down and support our National Slow Down day. This will reduce injury and tragedy on the road. Although last year was the safest on record in terms of road safety, there is no room for complacency. Please stick strictly to the posted speed limit, but if the road, traffic or especially weather conditions dictate reduce your speed even further,” he said. 

In terms of road safety, 2017 was the lowest on record with 157 road deaths, however it is still 157 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in one third of all fatal collisions during that time. 

The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.

Gardaí strongly promote this campaign on Social Media and encourage members of the public to support the campaign on social media and also by slowing down. Previous campaigns advised people to slow down. We encourage members of the public to tweet us pictures with thumbs up for slow down day. Please send images with thumbs up with the hashtags #Slowdownday #Slowdown.

All speed enforcement zone locations are available on the Garda website. The penalty for speeding is 3 penalty points and an €80 euro fine if paid within 28 days.

The survey hours will be conducted from unmarked vans, in order to accurately observe and record the speeds at which vehicles are currently travelling, for survey purposes only.

Gardaí use a range of speed detection technology to reduce speed.

•    Handheld and tripod mounted laser guns; 
•    Vehicle mounted Puma speed detection equipment, (both marked and unmarked vehicles);
•    Van mounted Go-Safe safety cameras (civilian operated).

There are over 1,000 sections of road identified as speed enforcement zones effective from May 27, 2016.