Garda initiative Operation Slowdown impacts speeding by almost 50%

Friday 13 July 2012 19.29
GoSafe vans monitored 75,000 vehicles during the 24-hour period
GoSafe vans monitored 75,000 vehicles during the 24-hour period

There was an almost 50% reduction in the number of people caught speeding last week during an operation by gardaí to target those who were driving too fast.

Gardaí say its shows that motorists listened to their message, but are calling on them to continue to obey speed limits.

'Operation Slowdown' got underway at 7am last Friday and ran for 24 hours.

Gardaí warned the public that every speed detection device they had would be deployed during that period and urged them to slow down.

For the most part they did.

Initial figures - from the privately-operated GoSafe vans - show that of the 75,000 people monitored by their cameras just 154 broke the speed limit, compared to a typical figure of 300, gardaí claim.

GoSafe vans typically monitor an area for two to three hours at a time. During this period, they usually detect around five or six vehicles speeding.

But during Operation Slowdown more than half of these monitoring periods ended with no speeding detections.

However, since the operation gardaí say they have recorded motorists travelling more than 50km/h above the speed limit

They say they are planning similar operations to tackle speeding and learner drivers driving unaccompanied in the coming months.

The public had been informed that every speed detection device they had would be deployed during that period.

Initial figures, from the privately operated GoSafe vans show that of the 75,000 people monitored by their cameras.

Just 154 broke the speed limit while there is a typical figure of 300.

GoSafe vans typically monitor an area for two to three hours at a time.

During this period, they usually detect around 5 or 6 vehicles speeding.

But during "Operation Slowdown" more than half of these monitoring periods ended with no speeding detections.

However, since the operation gardaí say they have recorded motorists travelling more than 50km above the speed limit.

The gardaí say they are planning similar operations to tackle speeding and learner drivers driving unaccompanied in the coming months.

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