Inishowen motorists urged to
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
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
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.