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Today is 'Slow Down Day' 22.05.20

AN Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation called 'Slow Down Day' for a 24 hour period from 7am today, Friday 22nd May, to 7am on Saturday 23rd May 2020.
The aim of 'Slow Down Day' is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, to 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.
National Slow Down Day
As of the 20th May 2020 there have been 56 fatalities, an increase of 5 deaths compared to last year. Pedestrians account for 30% of all fatalities.
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said: "National Slow Down Day is about making our roads and our communities safer. During the current COVID-19 restrictions we have seen an increase in the number of vulnerable users on our roads. Excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to serious injuries and fatalities".
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary continued: "Despite the reductions in traffic associated with COVID-19 we have continued to see a small percentage of motorists who travel at excessively high speeds both in urban and rural areas. In these times with more vulnerable persons on our roads, pedestrians and cyclists, we appeal to motorists to be aware of the posted speed limits and also while travelling to be conscious of the presence of other road users. We are appealing for all motorists to drive safely and please don’t be one of those detected speeding on Slow Down Day".
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