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The driver was nabbed travelling at 51km over the speed limit near Mallow today.
The driver was nabbed travelling at 51km over the speed limit near Mallow today.

Driver nabbed doing 51km over the speed limit on Cork road 

A DRIVER was nabbed travelling at 51km over the speed limit near Mallow today.

The detection was made on the N72 at Gortnagross during Operation Slowdown run by the gardaí throughout the country today.

The motorist was travelling at 151km in a 100km zone.

Gardai said that the highest speed detected to date this year was 223km in a 100km zone in Ballintra in Donegal.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary of Roads Policing said: “This is the second Slow Down day of 2019 and it could not come at a more appropriate time. 

"Roads deaths are significantly higher than this period last year and with the darker, wetter weather approaching, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists will be at higher risk over the coming months. 

"Lowering speed is crucial for reducing injuries in the event of a collision and keeps everyone in the community safer. 

"Please check your speed and support Slow Down day, not only on the day, but every day.” 

He added: “Whilst most drivers abide by the speed limits, there has been an increase of 15% in detections to date in 2019 compared to 2018. 

"It is also very disappointing to see some drivers detected driving considerably over the speed limit. 

"Our social media accounts are full of such examples. Each time a driver chooses to drive at an excessive or inappropriate speed is potentially a serious or fatal collision. 

"Please don’t be one of the driver’s detected speeding on Slow Down day and make that choice to drive safely every day.”