Gardai urge motorists to take part in#slowdownday

Speed figures reveal driver travelling at 190km/h in a 100km/h zone in Donegal

Michael Daly

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Michael Daly

Gardai urge motorists to take part in#slowdownday tomorrow

A Donegal motorist was detected doing 190km per hour in a 100km/h zone on the N15 Cloughfin/Castlefinn road in Donegal - the joint highest speed in the country detected over the past seven days.

Another motorist driving on the N52 Gorteen/Mullingar road in Westmeath was doing the same speed.

The startling speed figures emerged from a press release issued by An Garda Siochana as part of their advance publicity on a campaign called #SLOWDOWNDAY which takes place tomorrow, Friday.

Motorists across the country are being urged by the Gardaí to play their part in ‘National Slow Down Day’ tomorrow. 

The top speeds detected per county over the past seven  days reveal motorists in Donegal were clocked as follows:

50km/h limit: 80km on the  R245 Umlagh, Carrigart
60km/h limit:  90km on the R267 Magheracar, Bundoran
80km/h limit:   117km on the R250 Rashedoge, Letterkenny
100km/h limit: 190km on the  N15 Cloghfin, Castlefinn


The #slowdownday initiative will see An Garda Síochána conduct a major speed enforcement operation all across the country in a bid to reduce speed-related collisions and injuries.

Gardaí are warning motorists to slow down and not to speed on the roads tomorrow.

Slow Down Day will run from 7am on Friday until 7am on Saturday, and consist of high-visibility Garda activities in all 1,031 speed enforcement zones. Updates will be available throughout the day using #slowdownday.

Speaking in advance of Slow Down Day, Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid of the Roads Policing Bureau said: "The aim of Slow Down Day is to remind motorists the dangers of speeding, to increase compliance with speed limits and to deter them from driving at excessive speeds. We will be activating a major speed enforcement operation in counties across Ireland tomorrow and as part of this we are urging all road users to join us in reducing speed and making our roads safe.

"There has been a significant increase in road deaths this year compared to 2015 and unfortunately, excessive speed is a major contributory factor in the majority these. This is not just a catchphrase, but a stark fact proven by the analysis of four years of fatal collision reports. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood of a collision happen and the more severe outcome of that collision.”


Primary school competition

Gardaí have also launched a nationwide primary school competition as part of the initiative, in which young pupils are being urged to ‘name the newest Garda member’. It will run until the end of October and more information can be found on the Garda Facebook page.

National Slow Down Day is a joint initiative of An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority and various stakeholders.

County by county - a grim speeding list speaks for itself

The data provided per county in the different categories showing the top speeds detected in each county, make for grim reading and underline the need for drivers to slow down, not just tomorrow, but every day:

 50 km/h zone
County             Highest Speed Location
Carlow              No Detection No Detection
Cavan               No Detection No Detection
Clare                61 R462 Gortnacorragh Kilkishen Clare
Cork                 74 R619 Nadrid Coachford Cork
Donegal            80 R245 Umlagh Carrigart Donegal
Dublin               91 Balbutcher Lane Ballymun Dublin11 Dublin
Galway             75 N66 Cuscarrick Loughrea Galway
Kerry               79 R561 Ballinvarrig Firies Kerry
Kildare             101 R448 Kilcullenbridge Kilcullen Kildare
Kilkenny           74 R448 Ballyhale Ballyhale Kilkenny
Laois               63 N77 Knocknamoe Abbeyleix Laois
Leitrim             67 R280 Laghta Kinlough Leitrim
Limerick           88 N21  Abbeyfeale East Abbeyfeale Limerick
Longford          No Detection No Detection
Louth              92 R177 Carrickedmond Dundalk Louth
Mayo              No Detection No Detection
Meath             No Detection No Detection
Monaghan        No Detection No Detection
Offaly              89 N62 Drumbane Birr Offaly
Roscommon      No Detection No Detection
Sligo               84 N17 Ballynacarrow South Ballinacarrow Sligo
Tipperary         76 R661 Garryduff West Dundrum Tipperary
Waterford        85 R711 Dock Road Waterford Waterford
Westmeath      No Detection No Detection
Wexford          72 N80 Newtownbarry Bunclody Wexford
Wicklow          67 N81 Stratford Lodge Baltinglass Wicklow

   60 km/h zone
County          Highest Speed Location
Carlow           No Detection No Detection
Cavan           85 R188 Doocassan Drung Cavan
Clare             82 R463 Gortatogher Ardnacrusha Clare
Cork              96 R586 Murragh Enniskeane Cork
Donegal         90 R267 Magheracar Bundoran Donegal
Dublin           107 N81 Glenaraneen Brittas Dublin
Galway          71 R336 Na Haille An Lochán Beag Gaillimh
Kerry             92 N69  Billeragh Listowel Kerry
Kildare           80 R401 Curragh Newbridge Kildare
Kilkenny         93 N76 Margarets Field Kilkenny Kilkenny
Laois             95 R422 Townparks Mountmellick Laois
Leitrim           No Detection No Detection
Limerick         83 R445 Newcastle Annacotty Limerick
Longford        No Detection No Detection
Louth            No Detection No Detection
Mayo            74 N5 Lowpark Charlestown Mayo
Meath           73 R125 Greenoge Ashbourne Meath
Monaghan      77 N54 Cornecassa Demesne Monaghan Monaghan
Offaly            No Detection No Detection
Roscommon    86 R362 Monksland Athlone Roscommon
Sligo              No Detection No Detection
Tipperary        No Detection No Detection
Waterford       No Detection No Detection
Westmeath     No Detection No Detection
Wexford         91 R772 Ballaghboy Gorey Wexford
Wicklow         85 R772 Kiladreenan Newtownmountkennedy Wicklow

   80 km/h zone
County          Highest Speed Location
Carlow          92 R702 Rathgeran Borris Carlow
Cavan           No Detection No Detection
Clare            115 R352 Caherloghan Tulla Clare
Cork             99 R630 Loughatalia Midleton Cork
Donegal        117 R250 Rashedoge Letterkenny Donegal
Dublin           107 R125 Rathbeale Road Swords Dublin
Galway         104 R446 Oatfield Cappataggle Galway
Kerry            120 R551 Liscahane Ardfert Kerry
Kildare          118 R448 Inchaquire Athy Kildare
Kilkenny        110 R693 Clashacrow Freshford Kilkenny
Laois            112 R419 Kilbride Portarlington Laois
Leitrim           93 R280 Drumheckil Carrick-On-Shannon Leitrim
Limerick        102 R513 Ballynamona Hospital Limerick
Longford       123 R397 Knockagowny Longford Longford
Louth           107 R166 Castlebellingham Castlebellingham Louth
Mayo            121 R314 Rathroeen Ballina Mayo
Meath           128 R132 Gormanston Julianstown Meath
Monaghan      104 R188 Fairfield Demesne Rockcorry Monaghan
Offaly            104 R420 Clonyquin Portarlington Offaly
Roscommon    122 R371 Ballyleague Lanesborough Roscommon
Sligo             No Detection No Detection
Tipperary       113 N24 Bohercrow Tipperary Tipperary
Waterford      96 R666 Gairha Ballyduff Waterford
Westmeath    91 R446 Corcloon Milltownpass Westmeath
Wexford        149 R733 Tracystown East Cleariestown Wexford
Wicklow        130 R753 Tinnakilly Upper Aughrim Wicklow

   100 km/h zone
County         Highest Speed Location
Carlow         140 R448 Wells Royal Oak Carlow
Cavan          125 N3 Daggan Cavan Cavan
Clare           116 N18 Cratloekeel Cratloe Clare
Cork            134 N20 Ballymartin Blarney Cork
Donegal       190 N15 Cloghfin Castlefinn Donegal
Dublin          159 N3 Huntstown Dublin15 Dublin
Galway        121 N83 Ballymoney South Dunmore Galway
Kerry           128 N21 Ballydwyer West Tralee Kerry
Kildare         110 N78 Burtown Little Burtown Kildare
Kilkenny       128 R712 Blanchvillespark Clifden Kilkenny
Laois           117 N77 Colt Abbeyleix Laois
Leitrim         No Detection No Detection
Limerick       161 N24 Whitehall Limerick Limerick
Longford      137 N4 Lackan Edgeworthstown Longford
Louth          131 N52 Ballybailie Ardee Louth
Mayo           137 N17 Castlemagarret North Claremorris Mayo
Meath          No Detection No Detection
Monaghan    135 N53 Annadrumman Castleblayney Monaghan
Offaly          122 N62 Ballylin Ferbane Offaly
Roscommon  132 R446 Beagh (Trench) Ballinasloe Roscommon
Sligo           132 N4 Knoxspark Ballisodare Sligo
Tipperary     158 N52 Grange Upper Nenagh Tipperary
Waterford    126 N25 Parkeennaglogh Kilmacthomas Waterford
Westmeath  190 N52 Gorteen Mullingar Westmeath
Wexford      129 N11 Edermine Enniscorthy Wexford
Wicklow      134 N11 Kilcroney Bray Wicklow