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Motorists urged to slow down 04.09.23

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 inappropriate speed.

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 2023
• 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 limit.

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.
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