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Dozens of drivers caught speeding on National Slow Down Day

The 24-hour campaign runs from 7am on Friday.

The speed enforcement day runs over 24 hours (PA)
The speed enforcement day runs over 24 hours (PA)

By Cate McCurry, PA

More than 130 drivers have been caught speeding on Ireland’s roads on National Slow Down Day.

One motorist was detected driving at 181km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M1 at Lusk, the gardai said.

The 24-hour campaign runs until 7am on Saturday.

More than 1,000 speed enforcement zones have been put in place across the country.

By Friday afternoon, Gardai and GoSafe speed vans had checked the speed of 55,035 vehicles – with 131 found to be travelling too fast.

These included a driver speeding at 138km/h in a 80km/h zone on the R675 in Waterford, while another was caught speeding at 151km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N72 Gort na gCros Mala Chorcai.

Gardai said the purpose of the day of action is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits, and to act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.

There had been 117 road fatalities so far this year up to Wednesday this week, an increase of five compared to last year.

In the first six months of the year, 95,998 people were caught speeding – up 15% on the same period of 2018.

Since January 1, GoSafe has checked the speed of more than 29 million vehicles.

If caught speeding, drivers face three penalty points and an 80 euro fine if paid within 28 days.

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