Slow Down Day
GARDAÍ are conducting
'National Slow Down Day' over a 24 hour period from 7am
today, Tuesday 1st March, to 7am on Wednesday, 2nd
March. The operation will consist of high visibility
speed enforcement throughout the country.
The aim of "Slow Down Day” is to remind drivers of the
dangers of speeding, to increase compliance with speed
limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or
inappropriate speed. The overall objective is to reduce
the number of speed related collisions, save lives and
reduce injuries on our roads.
Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major
contributory factor in road traffic collisions,
confirmed by an Road Safety Authority (RSA) report on
fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that
excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost 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
Michael Hennebry Garda National Roads Policing Bureau
said: "Firstly I would like to thank the majority of
those who travel within the speed limits. However, our
enforcement operations continue to detect motorists
travelling at speeds significantly above the posted speed
limits. This reckless behaviour poses a serious risk not
just to the motorists themselves, but to all the road
users, especially vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists.
This is not just about speeding enforcement detections.
It's about saving lives”.
Chief Superintendent Hennebry continued: "I’m appealing
to all road users to support us in our efforts to keep
everybody safe on our roads. Please slow down, check
your speed, drive safely, not only on National Slow Down
Day, but every day".