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National Slow Down Day, Friday 7AM to Saturday 7AM

An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, supported by other stakeholders, for a 24 hour period from 07.00hrs on this Friday, October 19 to 07.00hrs on Saturday, October 20.

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. Unfortunately, as of October 15 2018, there has still been 117 road fatalities this year, which is only a reduction of three on this date last year.

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 one per cent reduction in average speed will bring about a four per cent reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in speed enforcement zones, which now numbers 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.

The Garda say that from January 1 to August 31 this year, there have been 85,457 speeding detections throughout the country.