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24/08/2015 - Local motorists urged to take part in national Slow Down Day

National Slow Down Day

 

Donegal County Council is encouraging motorists to take part in National Slow Down Day which takes place this year between 7am this Friday, August 28 and 7am on Saturday, August 29.

 

Last year again saw an increase in road deaths, resulting in 195 fatalities on our roads. To date, 106 people have lost their lives on Irish roads. Excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor to road traffic collisions. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.

 

87,367 speeding fixed penalty notices have been issued up to the end of May 2015.

 

‌The objective of operation ‘Slow Down’ is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

 

This initiative is supported by the Road Safety Authority, Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group and other partner stakeholders.

 

Donegal Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell says the aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speed.

 

“We appeal to each and every one of you to play your part in reducing the tragedy that road fatalities and serious injury collisions bring upon families in Donegal.  Please be conscious that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”


Public and private sector fleet operators are also being asked to participate in the initiative by informing employees of the key message to ‘Slow Down’ and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

Drivers are also asked to turn on their dipped headlamps to show support and increase their visibility.

The overall aim of the National ‘Slow Down’ day is to reduce the number and severity of road traffic collisions. It is every motorist’s responsibility to slow down and ensure that the roads are safe for everyone.

 

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