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National Slow Down Day 25.03.21

GARDAÍ will conduct National Slow Down Day over a 24 hour period from 7am tomorrow, Friday 26th March, to 7am on Saturday, 27th March. The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in 1322 zones throughout the country.
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.
In the period January to December 2020 there were 137 fatal collisions resulting in 148 fatalities on Irish roads. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions. An Road Safety Authority report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost one third of all fatal collisions during that time. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.
Chief Superintendent Ray McMahon, Roads Policing Bureau said: "I would like to thank those who travel within the speed limits, which is necessary to save lives. While most drivers and riders drive safely and within these limits, there are unfortunately still those who do not. 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. Despite reduced volumes of traffic on our roads the levels of speed has increased.”
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."
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