Nearly 1,000 motorists caught speeding on National Slow Down Day

Nearly 1,000 Motorists Caught Speeding On National Slow Down Day
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James Cox

Gardaí caught nearly 1,000 motorists speeding after checking 150,605 vehicles on National Slow Down Day.

National Slow Down Day was held over a 24-hour period between 7am on Friday, March 26th and 7am this morning.


An Garda Síochána and GoSafe checked 150,605 vehicles and detected 994 vehicles travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

Speaking following the awareness campaign, Chief Superintendent Ray McMahon (Roads Policing Bureau) said: "It is concerning that despite advanced warning and our widely circulated appeals to slow down that a significant number of motorists still failed to drive safely within the applicable speed limit. In the course of today’s campaign we detected a number of vehicles which were being driven at well in excess of the speed limit.”

Among the detections were:

  • 122km/h in a 50km/h Zone in Donegal.
  • 96Km/H in a 60Km/h Zone in Dublin.
  • 114Km/h in a 80Km/h Zone in Dublin.
  • 155Km/h in a 120Km/h Zone in Louth.
  • 183km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M1 Dunmahon Dundalk Louth.

Chief Superintendent Ray McMahon continued: “If a pedestrian or other vulnerable road-user is hit by a vehicle travelling at such speeds, unfortunately the outcome will inevitably be a serious injury or fatality.


“I would like to thank our partners the RSA and TII for their co-operation / assistance in today’s campaign, and GoSafe who carry out speed enforcement on behalf of An Garda Síochána.

“Of course I would also like to thank the majority of those who continue to travel within the speed limits. I would reiterate once again that this appeal to slow down is not only for one day, but for every day. #SpeedKills

“We will continue to maintain our focus on non-compliant drivers as they pose a risk to themselves and other road users.”

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