Gardaí set to take to Cork roads in force for Operation Slowdown

Gardaí set to take to Cork roads in force for Operation Slowdown
Picture: Denis Minihane.

GARDAÍ will be out in force tomorrow to nab speeding drivers as part of Operation Slowdown.

The 24-hour nationwide operation kicks off at 7am.

The operation comes amid concern that there has been an increase in the number of fatalities on Irish roads this year. There have been 56 deaths up to yesterday, up five on the same period last year.

Pedestrians account for 30% of all fatalities.

Gardai have noted that April has seen the highest level of non- intercept detections since December 2018, which they believed could reflect a correlation between reduced traffic volumes and high speeds.

Among recent detections were 129 KPH in a 60 KPH zone on the R397 in Longford and 156 KPH in a 100 KPH zone on the N85 in Clare.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said:

"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. Excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to serious injuries and fatalities.

Despite reduced volumes of traffic on our roads the levels of speed has increased. Whilst the vast majority of drivers drive safely within the speed limits, and it is most welcome, there still remain those who continue to drive at excessive speeds. We will maintain our focus on non-compliant drivers as they pose a risk to themselves and other road users."

He added: "Despite the reductions in traffic associated with COVID-19 we have continued to see a small percentage of motorists who travel at excessively high speeds both in urban and rural areas. In these times with more vulnerable persons on our roads, pedestrians and cyclists, we appeal to motorists to be aware of the posted speed limits and also while travelling to be conscious of the presence of other road users.

We are appealing for all motorists to drive safely and please don’t be one of those detected speeding on Slow Down day."

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