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Gardai publish the most extreme speeds captured on Irish roads

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Garda Speed Trap
Garda Speed Trap

The Garda National Traffic Bureau have published some shocking figures that reveal the extent of excess speed on Irish roads.

Chief Superintendent Mark Curran told the Independent.ie that over 70,000 drivers had been caught speeding in Ireland in 2015 and while that is scary enough, it is the speeds of some individual cases that is really terrifying.

They reveal that they caught one driver doing almost 200kph, 195kph, at Ballacolla in Laois, a motorway with a 120kph limit.

In Donegal, a driver was caught doing 189kph on a section of road in Keadue in Donegal where the limit is 100kph.

The report also says that one motorist was clocked doing 140kmh on the Cappagh Road in Dublin 11, a road with a speed limit of just 50kph.

Another driver was caught doing 178kph on the R563 at Faha East in Kerry, a stretch of road with a limit of 60kph.

In total, 7,500 drivers were spotted travelling at 30kph or more above the limit, while 420 were nabbed going at 50kph above the set limit.

Overall the number of road deaths in Ireland this year, 59, is down 12 on the same period last year but the report warns we are heading into a three-month spell that is often the most lethal in the year, with 256 people killed in June, July and August over the last five years.

There were 11 cases of serious injury and two fatalities on the June bank holiday weekend last year, and figures show that June, July and August are among the most dangerous months on the road. A total of 256 people have died in these three months over the last five years.