WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ROAD USERS?
National ‘Slow Down’ Day will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities and the delivery of a road safety message via national and local media over this 24-hour period. Garda personnel will also provide display stands in key venues to provide road safety advice and distribute road safety leaflets.
WHAT IS THE AIM OF NATIONAL ‘SLOW DOWN’ DAY?
The main objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions occurring on our roads and, therefore, save lives and reduce injuries.
National ‘Slow Down’ Day seeks to:
- remind drivers of the dangers of speeding;
- increase compliance with speed limits;
- act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speed.
WHY SHOULD ROAD USERS REDUCE THEIR SPEED?
- 2016 saw a marked increase in road deaths on the 2015 figures, resulting in 188 fatalities. This upward trend needs to be reversed.
- Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule, a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN and remember: Always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.
To show support for National ‘Slow Down’ Day, and to increase visibility, An Garda Síochána has asked all drivers to turn dipped headlamps on.
For more information visit Garda Síochána – Operation Slow Down