Monday 22 January 2018

Crackdown on speeding motorists

By Esther Hayden

Garda speed checkpoint.
Garda speed checkpoint.

Wexford gardai are cracking down on speeding motorists on Friday as part of a national speed enforcement campaign.

Both the gardai and the GoSafe vans are out in force conducting the Slow Down campaign between  7am on Friday morning and 7am on Saturday morning.

The objective of the campaign is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

Within hours of the start of the crackdown a number of drivers had been clocked speeding including one motorist travelling at 128km/h in an 80km/h zone on the R240 at Cashel, Carndonagh, Donegal.

Another motorist was detected driving at 100km/h in a 80 km/h zone on the R238 Lisfannan, Buncrana, Donegal while a third was clocked doing 119km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N4 Cloonymeenaghan, Riverstown, Sligo.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities to include all 1,031 speed enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media.  In addition, Garda personnel will man display stands in key venues to provide road safety advice and distribute road safety leaflets.

Although 2015 saw a very welcome reduction in road deaths, 27 fewer than in 2014, excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor to road traffic collisions. 

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 per cent reduction in average speed will bring about a 4 per cent reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety. As of today’s date there have been 68 road fatalities, 13 more than this date in 2015.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Garda National Traffic Bureau said: 'We are asking all drivers to support the National Slow Down day and not exceed the posted speed limit, but also as importantly, by adjusting their speed to all the road, traffic and weather conditions they face at that time.

'It goes without saying this is not only for one day, but for every day. We are asking people to support it, slow down and save lives.'

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