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Appeal to Donegal drivers to slow down ahead of national speed enforcement operation

Operation Slow Down begins on Friday

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

National Slow Down day begins at 7am this Friday.

Gardaí have clocked a motorist in Donegal travelling at 164 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.

The motorist was stopped by road traffic police in Letterkenny earlier this month.

The example of speeding is one of such incidents across the country that has been highlighted by gardaí ahead of a national speed enforcement operation "Slow Down”.

The operation, which has been supported by the Road Safety Authority, runs for a 24-hour period from 7am tomorrow 7am on Saturday.

 The objective is to reduce the number of speed-related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.  The aim of "Slow Down day” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.

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.

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy, of the  Roads Policing Bureau said: "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. This will make the journey safer not only for you, but for every road user sharing the road with you.”

Chief Superintendent Murphy continued: "We ask drivers to slow down not just on Slow Down day, but every day. We will continue to target irresponsible drivers who speed or put others at risk. This will be greatly enhanced by the 87 newly appointed Roads Policing members, which will increase to 150 by the end of 2018”.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in speed enforcement zones, which now number over 1,000, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media.

Government Departments, Local Authorities, Public and private sector fleet operators 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.