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31/07/2021

Carlow road users 'will notice high visibility speed enforcement' for Slow Down Day

Gardaí will be out in force

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Carlow road users "will notice high visibility speed enforcement" for National Slow Down Day on May 24. 

County Carlow Fire Service will liaise with Carlow Gardaí to assist them at display stands in the lead-up to the initiative. 

"The key message of National Slow Down Day will be circulated to all our fleet drivers and other employees," said Dan McInerney, Director of Transportation, Environment and Water Services at Carlow County Council.

"The Council joins the Gardaí and Road Safety Authority promoting 'Slow Down Day' from 7am on Friday, May 24 to 7am on Saturday, May 25," advised John McDarby, Road Safety Officer.

"Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road crashes," stated Inspector Anthony Farrell of Kilkenny and Carlow Roads Policing Unit. 

He added that speed is involved in one third of all fatal collisions studied in a recent RSA report for the 2008 to 2012 period. 

"Reducing speed is essential to improving road safety. A 1% reduction in speed will give 4% reduction in fatal crashes," he said. 

"The aim of Slow Down Day is to reduce the number of speed related crashes, save lives and reduce injuries,"said Mr McInerney.

"The initiative is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, to encourage greater compliance with speed limits and to deter driving at excessive and inappropriate speed," explained Sgt Michelle Byrne, Carlow Roads Policing Unit. 

"Road users will notice high visibility speed enforcement as well as local and national media messages during Slow Down Day," she added. 

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