‘Get the message’

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An Inishowen road safety campaigner has said the fact two of the highest speed detections on ‘National Slow Down Day’ were in Donegal, represents how “the message doesn’t seem to be getting through to some.”

From 7.00am on Friday until 7.00 am on Saturday, Gardai conducted an intensive national speed enforcement operation across the country.

They confirmed that two of the top and most “notable” speeds detected countrywide were 141 kph in a 100 kph zone at Ture, Muff and 108kph in a 60kph zone in Bundoran.

Susan Gray of PARC welcomed the operation and that the speeding drivers were detected.

She said they also represent how there is a “great need” for “consistent” and even more speed checks each and every weekend.

Mrs Gray added that in order for these to be implemented properly, Gardai need more resources in place to tackle speeding drivers.

She pointed out that the speed at which some drivers were detected - including 148kph in Westmeath - “could have caused serious damage.”

She added: “It is essential that we see speed checks even more regularly and that Garda resources are put in place to do so,” she said.

“The message doesn’t seem to be getting out to some and this shows the great need there is for more enforcement.”

Gardai confirmed that in the 24 hour period, GoSafe checked the speed of 115,003 vehicles nationally, with 451 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit. This is a compliance rate of 99.6 per cent within the monitored zones.