Tonight is Friday night and for some reason, best known to themselves, Irish motorists, on Friday nights, appear to participate best when it comes to performing dangerous, careless, driving rituals, on both our national primary and secondary roads.
With 108,971 speeding fixed charge notices alone issued nationally, as of 30th June 2015, it is not surprising that An Garda Síochána have decided to conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for the next 24 hour period; from 7:00am today (Friday 28th August 2015) to 7:00am tomorrow (Saturday 29th August 2015).
This national “Slow Down” day, today, is supported by all stakeholders, including the Road Safety Authority.
The objective of operation “Slow Down” today is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds.
Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulting in some 195 fatalities. 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.
Todays operation will consist of Garda high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, Garda speed vans and in-car speed detection systems.
Do not say you were not warned folks, so in the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from that once famous 80’s TV series “Hill Street Blues” ; “Hey, let’s be careful out there.” .