Garda operation: 1,000 drivers hit with speeding fines in 24 hours

A 24 hours operation by Garda to crack down on speeding motorists, resulted in more than 1,000 drivers being hit with penalties and speeding fines.

Operation Slowdown began at 7 am on Thursday and concluded this morning, running in support of a road safety appeal ahead of the June bank holiday weekend.

The operation by the gardaí and mobile speed camera company GoSafe detected many vehicles travelling significantly in excess of the speed limit. Examples included vehicles travelling at:

A Garda spokesperson said 939 drivers had been issued with fixed charged notices for speeding to date, For most drivers, the penalty charged  €80 fine and three penalty points on their driving licence. But some of the more severe cases of speeding may see motorists prosecuted for dangerous driving — an offence that can lead to the loss of their driving licence.

Speaking after the operation assistant Garda commissioner Paula Hilman said ,“Yesterday in excess of 1,000 drivers were prosecuted for speeding.

“These drivers will now receive three penalty points on their licence, but their driving yesterday put themselves and all other road users at risk.

“Yesterday one more person died on our roads, 71 people have now died on our roads to date. I continue to appeal to all road users to slow down and stay safe this bank holiday weekend.”

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