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"Operation Slowdown” on the 26 - 27/5/17

The objective of operation "Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

An Garda Síochána will conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for a 24 hour period from 7am Friday, the 26th to 7am Saturday, the 27th May 2017. This national "Slow Down” day, is supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders.

  • The public can play their part by slowing down and showing support via the Garda Facebook page but also reducing speed.

Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to "Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

The objective of operation "Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim is to get drivers to slow down by reminding them of the dangers of speeding, increasing compliance with speed limits and acting as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speed.

In terms of road safety there was a marked increase in road deaths in 2016, resulting in 188 road deaths. This upward trend must be reversed. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in 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. 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.

Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to "Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

The operation will consist of Garda high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be utilised, including all laser handheld speed detection devices, Garda safety camera vans and in-car speed detection systems.

GoSafe vehicles will also be deployed on the day in speed enforcement zones where serious and fatal injury collisions have occurred.

In addition to enforcement, the Garda website and in particular social media sites will be actively used to promote this initiative.

An Garda Síochana is highlighting this safety initiative heavily through social media. Both the Facebook and Twitter feeds have a massive following.

The objective of Slow Down is to reduce speed and make the roads safer for all road users. The following are some of the locations where speed enforcement is scheduled to be carried out from 7am Friday 26th May:-

Full list of all speed enforcement zones

• R683 Ballymaclode, Waterford, Waterford
• N14 Drumnahoagh, Letterkenny, Donegal
• R700 Dangan, Thomastown, Kilkenny
• N18 Glenbrack, Gort, Galway
• R463 Gortatogher, Ardnacrusha, Clare
• R521 Grouselodge, Ardagh, Limerick
• N72 Fermoy, Fermoy, Cork
• N80 Derrycloney, Mountmellick, Laois
• N25 Carrigadaggan, Newbawn, Wexford
• N3 Killygarry, Cavan, Cavan
• N15 Mount Temple, Grange, Sligo
• L1023 Williamstown Road, Waterford, Waterford
• N84 Tobernadarry, Shrule, Mayo
• R177 Carrickedmond, Dundalk, Louth
• Malahide Road, Feltrim, Dublin 5, Dublin
• Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, Dublin
• N11 Kilcroney, Bray, Wicklow
• N11 Clauass, Enniscorthy, Wexford
• N4 Rockingham Demesne, Cootehall, Roscommon
• R675 Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Waterford
• N63 Tonlegee, Roscommon, Roscommon
• R418 Youngstown, Athy, Kildare
• N25 Raheen, New Ross, Kilkenny
• R513 Ballyfauskeen, Ballylanders, Limerick
• N20 Ballyhay, Charleville, Cork