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Over 1,000 drivers detected speeding yesterday

More than 1,000 drivers were detected speeding in Ireland over a 24 hour period yesterday. It comes as An Garda Síochána and GoSafe this morning concluded their nationwide ‘Operation Slowdown’.

So far today, 939 drivers have been issued with Fixed Charge Notices for speeding, which results in an €80 fine and three penalty points on their driving licence.

Gardaí said that this number will be in excess of 1,000 for the complete 24 hour period, once all prosecutions have been uploaded onto their fixed charge processing system.

One motorist was detected driving at 142 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the N83 at Beagh Brownsgrove in Galway, while another was clocked at 140km/h in an 80km/h zone on the N4 Doddsborough in Lucan, Dublin.

Other notable offences included: 85km/h in a 50km/h zone on the R265 Porthall in Ballindrait, Donegal; 81km/h in a 50km/h zone on the Bridge Street in Kilcormac, Offaly; 80km/h in a 50km/h zone on the Pontoon Road in Castlebar, Mayo; and 87km/h in a 50km/h zone on the N11 Morehampton Road in Dublin 4.

Speaking today, Garda Assistant 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.”