Gardaí will be out in force on Irish roads today targeting speeding drivers.
National Slow Down Day runs for 24 hours from 7am this morning – with Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority working to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding.
Last year saw the highest death toll on Irish roads since 2016, with 157 people tragically losing their lives.
So far this year, 52 people have died on our roads, an increase of three on the same day last year.
Garda figures show that speed is often a factor in road deaths, with around 30% of fatal collisions a direct result of speeding or inappropriate speed.
The figures show that two-thirds of road deaths happen on rural roads with 27% happening in urban areas.
Garda Chief Superintendent Jane Humphries said speeding is a major cause of road deaths.
“Speeding not only puts you at risk but also endangers the lives of others around you,” she said.
“Every time you speed, you increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle, which could lead to a serious or fatal accident.
“Additionally, if you are driving too fast, you might not be able to react in time to avoid an obstacle or another vehicle on the road.”
She said the consequences of speeding can be devastating, “not only for yourself but for other innocent people on the road”.
“Let's take the initiative to make our roads safer, not only this National Slow Down Day but every day, by slowing down and making sure we are driving at a safe and appropriate speed,” she said.
“By doing so, we can help prevent accidents and make our communities safer for everyone.”
National Slow Down Day forms part of a pan-European effort day of action combatting speeding on the roads.