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892 motorists caught speeding on National Slow Down Day

An Garda Síochána says it detected nearly 900 motorists travelling over the speed limit around the country during ‘National Slow Down Day’.

Conducted in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority (RSA), the 24-hour operation ran from 07:00 Friday to 07:00 Saturday.

Gardaí say 892 vehicles were detected travelling over the speed limit during this period. GoSafe checked the speed of 186,125 vehicles in total.

One person was detected driving 162km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N21 Castlematrix, Rathkeale, Limerick.

In Cloonagrasson, Ballintubber, Co Roscommon a motorist was found to be driving at 161km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N60.

Another motorist was detected driving at 97km/h in a 50km/h zone on the R680 Cork road in Co Waterford, while another drove at 94km/h in a 50km/h zone on the N20 Commons Road in Cork.

So far this year, 140 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of 12 compared to this time last year (128). In 2019, 140 people died in road-related incidents.