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Motorists urged to slow down 21.10.21

AN Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority are urging motorists to reduce their speed and be mindful of vulnerable road users during ‘Slow Down Day’, a national speed enforcement operation for a 24 hour period from 7am today, Thursday 21 October, to 7am on Friday 22 October 2021.

The aim of 'Slow Down Day', 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. 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.
While Gardaí 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.

• Drivers speeding on rural roads to be targeted as 4 out of 5 fatalities occurred on rural roads in 2021
• Road users urged to take extra care over October Bank Holiday as clocks go back
• 64 people have been killed or seriously injured in October Bank Holiday collisions between 2016-2020
• 113 people killed on Irish roads so far this year as a result of 102 fatal collisions
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