07.00 hrs Friday 6th July, 2012 to 07.00 hrs Saturday 7th July, 2012
An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, for a 24 hour period from 07.00 hrs on Friday 6th July, 2012 to 07.00 hrs on Saturday 7th July, 2012, supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders (National Roads Authority, National Transport Authority, Health & Safety Authority, Local Authorities and major fleet operators). This operation will be in addition to “normal” speed enforcement.
The objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and therefore save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim of “Slow Down” 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.
The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national and local media.
The key message is to “Slow Down”, and whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed and at a speed appropriate to the road and weather conditions, volumes of traffic present and likelihood of hazards.
It is in the context of reducing the number of road traffic deaths and injuries that the stakeholders are appealing to motorists who tend towards excessive speed to:-
• Get into the habit of adhering to speed limits
• Leave enough time for a stress free journey through careful and considerate driving
• Ensure that your actions do not lead to the destruction of life which so many families and friends of victims endure on a daily basis
Speed is a major factor in most fatal and serious injury collisions in Ireland. Speed limits are not targets, they are simply the maximum speed you are legally entitled to drive at on a stretch of road in good conditions.
The maximum speed limits in Ireland (in kilometres per hour) are:-
30 km/h – Areas with vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists)
50 km/h – Built up urban areas
60 km/h – Major approaches or through routes in cities and towns
80 km/h – National Secondary Roads or Regional Roads
100 km/h – National Primary routes (not motorways)
120 km/h - Motorways
A total of 5 people have been killed on the roads in County Kerry to date this year. If we all make a little effort to collectively take greater responsibility for our safety on the road we can prevent further tragedies from happening.
SLOWING DOWN CAN SAVE LIVES