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Kildare Drivers Urged To Slow Down On National Slow Down Day

This January saw the highest number of fatalities for that month in 10 years

Drivers are being warned gardai are out in force this morning for the next 24 hours as part of National Slow Down Day.

156 people died on the country's roads last year - the highest number since 2016.

The aim of this operation is simple - to get drivers to slow down.

Road deaths increased last year and this January saw the highest number of fatalities for that month in 10 years with 20 deaths

Gardaí say around one third of collisions are caused by speeding

In 2022 around 7 in 10 crashes happened on rural roads where the speed was more than 80 kilometres.

Gardaí say there will be a lot of enforcement on the roads over the next 24 hours to remind people about the dangers of speeding to families and communities .

In the first 2 hours of National Slow Down Day, GoSafe checked the speed of 36,679 vehicles and detected 69 vehicles travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

Examples of high speeds include:

  • 117km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the N6 Baile, An Phoill, Gaillimh Gaillimh.
  • 77km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the Castleblaney Rd, Carrickmacross, Monaghan.
  • 122km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the N4 Doddsborough, Lucan, Dublin.
  • 121km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N21 Rineroe, Adare, Limerick.
  • 138km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M6 Killavally, Tyrrellspass, Westmeath.
  • 76km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the Limerick Road, Mallow, Cork.
  • 75km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the Castletown Road, Dundalk, Louth.
  • 113km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R445 Greatheath, Portlaoise, Laois.
  • 66km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the Skehard Road, Cork.
  • 63km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R561 Castledrum, Castlemaine, Kerry.
  • 72km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the R515 Garrynderk South, Kilmallock, Limerick.
  • 120km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N18 West Bunratty, Clare.
  • 120km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N4 Culleen Beg ,Mullingar, Westmeath.
  • 113km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N15 Drumnagahan,Donegal.

An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to drivers to comply with speed limits in order to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

 


 

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