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Gardaí to clampdown on speeding in Clare

speed gardaAn Garda Síochána has announced it will conduct an intensive speed enforcement operation in County Clare for a 24 hour period from 7am on Friday to 7am on Saturday.

The operation is part of national “Slow Down” day and is being supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders.

According to Gardaí: “The objective of operation “Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.  The aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speed.”

Chief Superintendent Curran continued:-“Excessive or inappropriate speed causes death and injury on our roads, and remains the primary contributory cause of road traffic collisions. Slowing down keeps you and others around you safe on our roads, and although this is a targeted 24 hour operation, we appeal to drivers to always abide by this advice – slow down, save lives.”

A survey published this week found that Clare has the highest proportion of drivers with penalty points in the entire country.

An Irish Times analysis of road safety data shows almost one in four motorists in the county have received points.

By contrast, Donegal, had the lowest proportion of drivers with penalty points, almost half the rate recorded in Clare. Other counties with low rates include Monaghan, Kerry and Mayo.

The survey also finds that the proportion of road deaths was significantly higher for counties with low numbers of penalty points.

Monaghan has the most dangerous roads in the State, with 13 deaths per 100,000 people. Kerry and Donegal also have low penalty points, but their roads are more dangerous than most, with between eight and nine deaths per 100,000 population.

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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