Kerry Gardaí To Be Out In Force For ‘Slow Down Day’ Operation

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GARDAI in Kerry will be conducting ‘Slow Down Day’, a national speed enforcement operation for a 24 hour period from Thursday morning.

The aim of the operation, which is taking place in the run up to the October Bank Holiday weekend, 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.

Speed enforcement during ‘Slow Down Day’ will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in 1,322 speed enforcement zones around the country from 7am on Thursday to 7am on Friday.

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While An Garda Síochána will be focusing its enforcement activity across all speed limit zones, there will be a focus on rural roads.

This is because almost 4 out of 5 (78%) fatalities to date this year have occurred on rural roads. These are roads with a speed limit of 80km/h or above.

The Road Safety Authority will raise awareness of the enforcement campaign with advertising on national and local radio plus social media.

Government Departments, Local Authorities, public and private sector fleet operators are invited to participate in the initiative by circulating the key message to “Slow Down” to employees and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. International research has estimated that 30% of fatal collisions are the result of speeding or inappropriate speed.

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