An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation to be known as “National Slow Down Day” tomorrow, Friday October 21st from 7am until 7am on Saturday (October 22nd)
The objective of operation “National Slow Down Day” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speed.
As of yesterday (19th October) there have been 148 road deaths, an increase of 24 fatalities on this date last year.
Excessive Speed was a contributory Factor in a third of road deaths between 2008 and 2012, according to the Road Safety Authority’s Pre Crash report on Fatal Collisions which looked at excessive speed as a factor.
The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood of a collision happening and the chances of survival. 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.
Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Garda National Traffic Bureau said:
“Road safety is not just a job for the Gardaí or the Road Safety Authority, it is everyone’s responsibility to act and be safe on our roads. It is every road user’s right to be safe and slowing down reduces risk. Please play your part and reduce your speed, not just on Slow Down day, but every day.”
Readers are reminded of our post from earlier this year highlighting the Garda Speed Camera Zones.
National Slow Down Day is supported by the Road Safety Authority and partner stakeholders.