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National Slow Down Day: 07.00hrs on Friday 21st April to 07.00hrs on Saturday 22nd April 2023

An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation "Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and other stakeholders, for a 24-hour period from 07.00hrs on Friday the 21st April to 07.00hrs on Saturday 22nd April 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. The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. This National Slow Down Day forms part of a Pan-European day of action aimed at combatting speed on the roads.

The evenings are getting noticeably longer as summer draws closer; driving conditions improve as the weather improves. It is important to remember that no matter how good the road and weather conditions are, any increase in speed will significantly increase the likelihood of being involved in a serious or fatal road traffic collision.

Last year saw an increase in fatal road traffic collisions, with 157 lives tragically lost on the road, the largest death toll on our roads since 2016. So far this year there have been 52 fatalities on our roads, an increase on 3 on the same day last year.

Recent Garda enforcement data and RSA research demonstrates that drivers continue to speed. During 2022, 73% of fatal collisions occurred on rural (80km/h or more) roads with 27% on urban roads.

It has been estimated that 30% of fatal collisions are as a direct result of speeding or inappropriate speed.

Chief Superintendent Jane Humphries, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, said: "As we all hit the road, it's important to remember that every time we get behind the wheel, we hold the responsibility of keeping ourselves and others safe. Unfortunately, accidents and fatalities on the road are still far too common, and one of the major causes of these incidents is speeding.

"Speeding not only puts you at risk but also endangers the lives of others around you. Every time you speed, you increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle, which could lead to a serious or fatal accident. Additionally, if you are driving too fast, you might not be able to react in time to avoid an obstacle or another vehicle on the road."

Chief Superintendent Humphries continued: "So, we must all take responsibility for our actions and drive responsibly. This means slowing down, obeying speed limits, and being aware of our surroundings. Remember, speed limits are there for a reason, to keep you and others safe. The consequences of speeding can be devastating, not only for yourself but for other innocent people on the road.

"Let's take the initiative to make our roads safer, not only this National Slow Down Day but every day, by slowing down and making sure we are driving at a safe and appropriate speed. By doing so, we can help prevent accidents and make our communities safer for everyone"