Motorists urged to
AN Garda Síochána are
conducting a national speed enforcement operation 'Slow
Down', supported by the Road Safety Authority for a 24
hour period from 7am on Monday 4th September to 7am on
Tuesday 5th September 2023.
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
Operation ‘Slow Down’ today was picked to coincide
with the return of schools and the related
increase in particularly vulnerable road users including
pedestrians and cyclists. With the alarming increase in
the number of road fatalities on Irish roads this year, operation ‘Slow Down’ has taken on
increased urgency and relevance.
There have been 127 deaths on Irish roads, to date in
• 23 more than the same period in 2022
• 38 more than the same period in 2019
An Garda Síochána is
appealing to all drivers to support operation ‘Slow
Down’ whether using your vehicle for a personal journey,
commuting to work or driving for work. Every Driver can
play their part.
The World Health Organisation estimated that a 5%
reduction in average speed could result in a 30%
reduction in fatal collisions, and therefore reducing
every motorists’ speed is essential to improving safety
on our roads.
To the end of August 2023, over 105,000 drivers have
been detected driving in excess of the posted speed
A pedestrian or cyclist involved in a road traffic
collision with a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h has a 50%
chance of living. However, pedestrian or cyclist
involved in a collision with a vehicle travelling at 60
km/h has only a 10% chance of living.