Gardaí have caught 138 motorists speeding during the first five hours of National Slow Down Day.
Motorists across the country are being urged to slow down today.
The operation is running for 24-hours and will run until 7am tomorrow morning, and will consist of a high-visibility Garda presence and checkpoints at all speed enforcement zones.
The aim of the operation is to remind drivers of the dangers of breaking the speed limit and it acts as a deterrent against speeding.
Gardaí are focusing particularly on rural roads as four out of five fatalities to date this year have happened on rural roads.
“It is important to thank all those drivers who do the right thing and drive not only within the necessary speed limits, but at speeds that are appropriate to the conditions,” Superintendent Thomas Murphy said.
“However, there are some drivers who ignore our speed limits and put themselves and others at risk. This is especially true on rural roads which are often narrow and where bends and corners restrict a driver’s vision,” Murphy continued.
“There are no margins for error on these roads which is why drivers need to slow down when using them.”
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