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A motorist detected driving at 162kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N21 in Limerick has topped the poll of offenders in the 24-hour National Slow Down Day campaign.

In Cloonagrasson, Ballintubber, Co Roscommon another motorist was caught speeding at 161kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N60 while another was detected driving at 97kmh in a 50kmh zone on the R680 Cork road in Co Waterford.

These were just some of the 892 vehicles detected travelling over the speed limit over the 24 hours of the operation that got underway at 7am on Friday.

Gardai and the RSA thanked the 185,233 drivers who were found to be compliant and drove within the speed limit over the course of the operation.

However, the latest figures show that the number of motorists caught speeding on Irish roads increased by 26 pc compared to last year.

In Co Cavan, a motorist was detected driving at 123km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N3 at Lavey.

A driver was caught driving at 132kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N18 Clonmoney in North Bunratty, Co Clare.

Figures show 151,055 motorists were recorded speeding between January 1 and October 31, 2020.

So far this year, 137 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of nine compared to this time last year. In 2019, 140 people died in road-related incidents.

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