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Operation Slow Down catches 451 speeding motorists

Operation Slow Down appears to have worked
Operation Slow Down appears to have worked

The Gardai have released the figures from their 24-hour blitz on speeding motorists, Operation Slow Down.

The day-long focus by the Gardai on the nation's roads ended at 7am this morning and the numbers show that as a whole, we are very law-abiding drivers.

Between 07.00 Friday and 07.00 Saturday , GoSafe checked the speed of 115,003 vehicles with 451 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

This is a compliance rate of 99.6% within the monitored zones.

However, there were some notable exceptions, and here are some of the drivers caught breaking the speed limit.

  • 141 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the R238 Ture, Muff, Donegal
  • 133 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the R446 Curragh, Aughrim, Galway
  • 86 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the Ballybough Road, Dublin 3, Dublin
  • 93 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on N25 Garranbaun, Dungarvan, Waterford
  • 125 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N25 Parkeennaglogh, Kilmacthomas, Waterford
  • 148 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N55 near the town of Glasson in Westmeath
  • 144 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N6 Clonbrusk, Athlone, Westmeath
  • 105 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the R166 Drumleck, Castlebellingham, Louth
  • 118 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the R772 in Gorey
  • 119 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the R173 in Ballyonan in Co. Louth
  • 108 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the R267 Bundoran
  • 124 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N5 Castlebar

The operation was a huge talking point on on social media yesterday with the hashtag #thumbsup.

Gardai will now hope that the objectives of the operation - to get drivers to slow down by reminding them of the dangers of speeding while increasing compliance with speed limits - will continue to be felt by motorists in the future.