Drivers asked to observe national
'Slow Down Day'
DRIVERS in Inishowen
are being urged to observe national Slow Down Day
tomorrow as gardaí conduct a nationwide speed
The event, in conjunction with the Road Safety
Authority, will run for 24 hours from 7am on Friday,
October 20 to 7am on Saturday morning.
Met Eireann has also indicated "more turbulent
weather" coinciding with the arrival of Storm Brian
during the same period.
"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,"
gardaí today said in a statement.
Among the Donegal routes where speed
enforcement is scheduled tomorrow is the N13 from
Lisfannon to Bridgend.
It said there was a
"marked increase" in fatalities last year with 187
"Although there have been fewer road deaths this
year compared to the same period in 2016, 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."
Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy of
the Roads Policing Bureau added: "Please stick
strictly to the posted speed limit but if the road,
traffic or especially weather conditions dictate,
reduce your speed even further. This will make the
journey safer not only for you but for every road
user sharing the road with you.”
The latest operation will consist of high visibility
garda presence in speed enforcement zones, which now
number over 1,000, as well as the delivery of a
media road safety message.
Among the Donegal routes where speed enforcement is
scheduled tomorrow is the N13 from Lisfannon to