The Gardai have thanked the public for their observation of “Operation Slow Down” which took place between 7am on Friday 6 July and 7am on Saturday 7 July.
For the duration of the twenty-four hour period, the Gardai indicated that every speed detection device they had available to them would be deployed.
Gardai noticed an appreciable change in the driving habits of the public for the duration of the operation. Over 75,000 vehicles were monitered by the GoSafe safety camera vans over the period. Of this number, 154 were detected to be speeding. This is significantly less than would be expected for such a period, where the average resides in and around 300 detections. Driver behaviour has been altered in safety camera zones with road fatalities in these zones totaling 31 percent of the overall in the years prior to the project compared with 18 percent of the overall in 2011.
Assistant Commissioner for Traffic, John O’Mahony said “I would like to thank the public for embracing the Operation, and I urge people to continue to drive within the speed limit and at a speed suitable to the conditions. All reductions in speed help lower the numbers of collisions thereby saving lives.”