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No need for speed 'Slow Down Day' to be held this Friday in response to rise in road deaths

The 24-hour initiative will take place from 7am on Friday 26th March to 7am on Saturday 27th March 2021

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The overall aim of Slow Down Day is to remind drivers about the dangers of speeding, reduce the amount of speed related collisions, and save lives. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The overall aim of Slow Down Day is to remind drivers about the dangers of speeding, reduce the amount of speed related collisions, and save lives. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The overall aim of Slow Down Day is to remind drivers about the dangers of speeding, reduce the amount of speed related collisions, and save lives. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have announced a 24-hour initiative to reduce the number of speed related accidents and fatalities on roads.

Slow Down Day” will take place for a 24-hour period from 7am on Friday 26th March to 7am on Saturday 27th March 2021.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in 1,322 speed enforcement zones.

The overall aim of Slow Down Day is to remind drivers about the dangers of speeding, reduce the amount of speed related collisions, and save lives.

A staggering 137 fatal collisions resulting in 148 deaths were reported on Irish roads from January to December 2020, eight more deaths than the previous year.

An RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost one third of all fatal crashes in that period.

Chief Superintendent Ray McMahon said: “We are asking all drivers to support our National Slow Down Day and not exceed the posted speed limit. It is vital that you adjust your speed to all the road, traffic and weather conditions which prevail at any given time.

“It goes without saying this is not only for one day, but for every day. We will continue to maintain our focus on non-compliant drivers as they pose a risk to themselves and other road users.”

Sam Waide, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, added: “I am asking all drivers to support National Slow Down Day and every day by easing off on the accelerator. Speeding is a factor in a third of fatal crashes each year and those most at risk are vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

“Slowing down behaviour saves lives, particularly when road conditions are wet,” he continued.

Government Departments, Local Authorities, public and private sector workforces are invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to "Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

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