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National “SLOW DOWN” Day – Next Friday March 27th

gardaBe AWARE – “National SLOW DOWN Day”, supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders, will come into effect from 7.00am on March 27th to 7.00am on March 28th next.

An Garda Síochána will now conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for this 24 hour period.

The objective of Operation “Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and reduce the number of injuries and related deaths, caused by driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds on our rural roads and motorways.

Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulted in 190 fatalities. Excessive and inappropriate speed is the major contributory factor to road traffic collisions, resulting in loss of life. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision taking place.  As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed brings about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving our road safety record.

Invitation to Public and Private Sector Fleet Operators

Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in this initiative by circulating their employees with one key message, “Slow Down” and whether driving for business or private purposes; always drive within the prescribed speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the weather and other prevailing conditions.

This operation initiative will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be fully utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, ROBOT vans and Cleartone/Puma in-car speed detection systems.

You have been warned!

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