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Inishowen motorists urged to reduce speed 18.10.19

AN Garda Síochána are conducting a national speed enforcement operation for a 24 hour period from 7am today, Friday 18th October, to 7am on Saturday 19th October 2019.
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. The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
Since 7am this morning, Gardaí and GoSafe have checked the speed of 18,785 vehicles with 23 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit. Notable speeds included a truck at 89 km/h on the N13 Moyle Newtowncunningham road in Donegal.
In terms of road safety, 2018 was the lowest on record with 142 road deaths, however it is still 142 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in approximately one third of fatal 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. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said, "This is the second Slow Down day of 2019 and it could not come at a more appropriate time. Roads deaths are significantly higher than this period last year and with the darker, wetter weather approaching, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists will be at higher risk over the coming months. Lowering speed is crucial for reducing injuries in the event of a collision and keeps everyone in the community safer. Please check your speed and support 'Slow Down Day', not only on the day, but every day.”
As of 16th October 2019, there have been 117 road fatalities, an increase of 5 on this date last year. From 1st January to 31st August 2019 there have been 95,998 speeding detections (+15% on same period in 2018). The highest speed recorded from Gosafe safety cameras, from January to October 2019, was 223 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N15 Ballymagrorty Scotch Ballintra road in County Donegal .
Since 7am this morning, Gardaí and GoSafe have checked the speed of 18,785 vehicles with 23 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit. Notable speeds included a truck at 89 km/h on the N13 Moyle Newtowncunningham road in Donegal.
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