Day-long speeding crackdown nets dozens of drivers

Seventy-six motorists have been clocked over the speeding limit during a day-long blitz against drivers.
One of the worst offenders was in Donegal, where a car was recorded doing 128kph on an 80kph stretch of rural road, the R240 at Cashel near Carndonagh on the Inishowen peninsula.


Another driver was seen travelling at 124kph in a 100kph zone on the N18 at Cratloe in Co Clare, one at 120kph in a 100 kph zone on the N15 at Mount Temple, Grange, Co Sligo, and another at 119kph in a 100kph zone on the N4 at Cloonymeenaghan, Riverstown, also in Sligo.
Gardai ran the “Slow Down” day in conjunction with GoSafe, which operates speed cameras on the country’s roads.
It said the objective is to “reduce the number of speed-related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries”.
Gardai said that 59,093 vehicles had been checked for speeding with 76 vehicles travelling above the limits.
It revealed some other notable speeding offences including a motorist at 100kph in a 80kph zone on the R238 Lisfannan, Buncrana, Co Donegal and another at 88kph in a 60kphh zone on the N76 Parkmore, Kilkenny.
Speeding offences were also recorded on zones with 50kph limits including a driver at 71kph on the R683 Knockboy in Co Waterford and another at 68kph on the R772 Knockanrahan, Lower Arklow, Co Wicklow.
The blitz was run after gardai last week announced plans to target another 355 accident blackspots with speed vans and cameras.
The increased monitoring will mean 1,031 cameras will be watching drivers on motorways, national, regional and local roads.
The new camera points were selected from records of collisions which were independently assessed and given a rating depending on the severity of the accident.
Only 10km stretches of road which scored 10 on the new charts – with 10 for a fatal crash, five for a serious accident and one for a minor incident – have been selected for monitoring.